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Big interest in position as National Coach of Ireland

By Staff Reporter

Published 03/04/2015

Big boots to fill: Phil Simmons (right) will be a hard act to follow for the new Ireland Coach
Big boots to fill: Phil Simmons (right) will be a hard act to follow for the new Ireland Coach

The first interviews for the post of National Coach of the Ireland team will take place next week after Cricket Ireland received more than 30 applications to succeed new West Indies coach Phil Simmons.

An appointment, however, before Ireland's next match - the one-day international against England at Malahide on Friday May 8 - is by no means certain.

Depending on a period of notice having to be served, an interim coach may be in charge for the game which will be headlined by Royal London, the current sponsors of all England's ODI games.

It will be the teams' first meeting since England's last visit to Dublin in September 2013, when a record crowd of 10,000 watched the action in Malahide.

John Mooney, who hit the winning runs in Ireland's only victory over England, at the 2011 World Cup, said: "After just missing out on the quarters at this year's World Cup, the boys are really looking forward to getting back on the field.

"Losing to England in 2013 after being in such a strong position was disappointing, but we're heading into this one full of confidence.

"Playing against England for everyone on the squad is huge; this is where you want to be as a player playing at home in front of huge crowds.

"The Irish fans at the World Cup were amazing and we'll be hoping another sell-out crowd at Malahide can help us get the win," he added.

Tickets for the game are now on sale at or through Ticketmaster.

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