Andy Reid appointed Republic of Ireland under-18 manager

Wed, Mar 06 2019

Reid in action during his final international appearance, a 3-0 win over Latvia in Martin O'Neill's first game in charge. Credit: Eddie Lennon (ETPhotos)

Former international Andy Reid been announced as the new head coach of the Republic of Ireland under-18 team.

Reid had been working with the squad under Jim Crawford but, with Crawford now part of Stephen Kenny’s under-21 setup, Reid has now been appointed as head coach.

The 36-year-old Dubliner has completed his UEFA A & B license with the FAI and is part of the current UEFA Pro License Group.

As a player, Reid enjoyed a successful club career including spells at Nottingham Forest, Tottenham Hotspur, Charlton and Sunderland and was twice named in the PFA second-tier team of the year.

He was named Division One team of the year for the 03/04 season with Nottingham Forest and again with Forest in the 2013/2014 Championship team of the year.

Reid also enjoyed plenty of success on the international front, winning the UEFA European under-16 Championships in 1998 before going on to play for the under-21s.

He picked up a total of 29 senior international caps with the Boys in Green between 2003 and 2013, scoring four goals.

"It is a real honour and privilege to have the opportunity to be appointed the Republic of Ireland under-18 head coach,” Reid told the FAI website.

"Having played underage football for my country, I understand the pathway these young players are taking. It will be a real pleasure to help them along the way.

"I have been involved in the set-up over the past 18 months with Jim Crawford and have seen first-hand some of the amazing work he has done.

“I am keen to maintain that work whilst putting my own stamp on it. I am very grateful to Jim for all of his help so far and I can’t wait to get started."