Former Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw has penned a two-year contract extension to lead the Republic of Ireland’s bid to qualify for the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup.
Under Pauw, Ireland narrowly missed out on clinching a Play-Off spot for the 2022 Uefa Women’s European Championships.
Assistant coach Eileen Gleeson and goalkeeping coach Jan Willem van Ede have also both extended their contracts.
“I’m excited to continue in my role with the Republic of Ireland team and with the FAI. We made huge strides in our last campaign and there is no reason why we cannot build on that with the core of players that we currently have and more young players coming through,” said Pauw.
“Now it is about preparing for the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup qualifiers. I believe that we have a special group of players with a desire to become the first Ireland women’s senior team to qualify for a major tournament and I’m looking forward to being part of that.”
High-Performance Director Ruud Dokter said: “When you look at what Vera has achieved in football, as a player, and in management, she is one of the very best in the world. So, naturally, we are delighted to have her in charge of the Ireland Women’s Team.”
The qualifying draw for the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup will take place on 30 April with the games set to kick off in September.
By FARPost Reporter