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Alfie Wylie leaves role as Northern Ireland women's manager after 15 years to take new IFA job

Alfie Wylie has led the Northern Ireland senior women's team since 2004.
Alfie Wylie has led the Northern Ireland senior women's team since 2004.

The Northern Ireland women's team is on the look-out for a new manager after Alfie Wylie was named as the Irish FA's first ever Head of Women’s Elite performance.

The former Linfield coach has led the team for 15 years, a period during which he has also taken charge of the underage teams including the U19 side that hosted the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship in 2017.

Last month he led the senior side to a third-place finish in the Alanya Gold City Cup in Turkey. He leaves with Northern Ireland 59th in the FIFA world rankings and 30th in Europe.

His new role will see Wylie take responsibility for player development in Northern Ireland from grassroots up to the international team.

A new manager for the senior team will be appointed this summer.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as senior women’s international manager," he said. "I am proud to have managed my country and will have many fond memories of my time in charge. I am now looking forward to working in my new role and to continuing to play my part in helping Northern Ireland be successful going forward.

“I am passionate about discovering and nurturing football talent in Northern Ireland and I am therefore pleased that the Irish FA has created this performance role. I look forward to building on the work that we have started in this area and helping to create future Northern Ireland players."

As part of his new job, Wylie will also lead on delivering the Irish FA Girls’ Regional Excellence Programme, as well as running the Green Arrows Programme and the Women’s Performance Academy at Ulster University.

Wylie will also oversee Northern Ireland’s youth international teams at U19, U17, U16 and U15 levels with the aim of producing footballers that can go on to play the game at professional and senior international level.

Irish FA Director of Football Development, Michael Boyd, said: “Yesterday the Irish FA launched a new women’s and girls’ strategy. This appointment reflects the association’s increased strategic focus on growing the women’s game at all levels. Alfie has given a lifetime of commitment to the senior women’s international team and I am delighted that we can draw upon his experience and expertise to strengthen this new set-up.”

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