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Stepping up: Roy Carroll is moving up from his role with the U17s and U19s. Photo: INPHO/Presseye/Philip Magowan

Stepping up: Roy Carroll is moving up from his role with the U17s and U19s. Photo: INPHO/Presseye/Philip Magowan

�INPHO/Presseye/Philip Magowan

Stepping up: Roy Carroll is moving up from his role with the U17s and U19s. Photo: INPHO/Presseye/Philip Magowan

Former Manchester United star Roy Carroll says he feels 'privileged' to have been appointed the goalkeeping coach for Northern Ireland's senior team.

The 43-year-old from Fermanagh replaces Steve Harper who left the post last week to take over as Newcastle United's Academy Manager.

Carroll, who had been goalkeeping coach for Northern Ireland’s Under-17 and U19 teams, will be a hugely popular choice amongst the players in the senior squad and the fans will be overjoyed to see him back in the set-up after previously playing 45 times at international level.

He will join up with boss Ian Baraclough and his staff for the crunch World Cup group games against Lithuania and Switzerland and a friendly away to Estonia in September, having worked with the team in March during Northern Ireland's triple header with Italy, Bulgaria and the USA when Harper was unavailable.

Last season Carroll, who enjoyed great success in the latter part of his career with Linfield, starred for Dungannon Swifts but departed Stangmore Park at the end of the campaign to focus on his coaching career.

"It was always my ambition to forge a career in coaching once I had hung up my goalkeeping gloves so this is a real privilege," said Carroll about his new role.

“I am looking forward to mentoring and developing our keepers of the future and I can’t wait to get started.”

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Manager Baraclough added: "I’m delighted to have Roy on board. He served Northern Ireland with distinction as a player and I fully expect him to carry his enthusiasm with him into his role as a coach.”

As a player Carroll is the only man in history to have won the English Premier League (with Manchester United), the Irish Premiership (with Linfield) and the Greek Super League (with Olympiakos). He also played for Hull, Wigan, West Ham, Derby, Odense, OFI Crete, Notts County and had a short spell with Rangers. More recently he featured for junior club FC Mindwell before signing for Dungannon and has been running his own highly respected goalkeeping academy across Northern Ireland.


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