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Andy Reid lands under-18s role with Republic of Ireland

The former midfielder enjoyed European glory with Ireland’s under-16s.

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Former Republic of Ireland international Andy Reid is to take charge of the nation’s under-18s team (Brian Lawless/PA)

Former Republic of Ireland international Andy Reid is to take charge of the nation’s under-18s team (Brian Lawless/PA)

Former Republic of Ireland international Andy Reid is to take charge of the nation’s under-18s team (Brian Lawless/PA)

Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Andy Reid has been appointed as head coach of the nation’s under-18s team.

Reid, who won 29 senior caps for Ireland and was part of the team which won the European Under-16s Championships in 1998, is currently working towards his UEFA Pro Licence and will replace Jim Crawford in the role.

The 36-year-old has been working under Crawford with the under-18s since March last year but, with the senior man stepping up to the under-21s to assist Stephen Kenny, will now take charge.

Reid said: “It is a real honour and privilege to have the opportunity to be appointed the Republic of Ireland Under-18 head coach.

“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.”

Reid, who had spells with Nottingham Forest, Tottenham, Charlton, Sunderland, Sheffield United and Blackpool before returning to Forest, where he had an interim spell as assistant first-team coach, has completed his UEFA A and B Licences with the Football Association of Ireland since retiring.

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