Susan Ronan appointed Women’s Senior Head Coach
The Football Association of Ireland today announced that Susan Ronan has been appointed as Head Coach of the Republic of Ireland Women's Senior team and will take charge for the UEFA EURO 2013 qualifying campaign.
Ronan, who is currently studying for her UEFA A Licence, will also continue to head up the development of the women's game for the FAI.
With the appointment of Noel King to the Republic of Ireland U21 side last July, Sue Ronan was installed as interim manager for the final two games of the 2011 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign which included a 1-1 draw with World Cup group 6 top seeds, Russia before easing to a 3-0 victory over Israel to complete the campaign.
Ronan earned a keen reputation as a midfielder in her playing career, enjoying success with Welsox (Civil Service League) and Shelbourne and she made her international debut against Sweden in 1988.
Ronan first became involved in international management in 1994 when she was appointed as coach of the Irish Women's U16 team and later she became assistant manager to Mick Cooke with the Irish Women's U18 team in 1998 before taking charge herself on a full-time basis in 2000 when UEFA re-graded the age system to an U19 competition. Since her maiden season in the job in 2000, Sue has led the team to qualification for the elite phase of the competition for an impressive nine seasons out of eleven.
Niamh O'Donoghue, Chairperson of the Women's Football Association of Ireland said, "I am absolutely delighted that Sue has been appointed as Irish women's senior head coach. Sue has achieved remarkable success in her career as a player and a coach and I believe her experience will be key for the development of the game for many years to come. Sue enjoys tremendous respect from players and coaches alike and she will bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the role. This appointment is also a great example of the development of women's football in Ireland which provides a clear pathway for the development of a player to a coach with the structures which are now in place."
Wim Koevermans, International High Performance Director said, "We are very happy to appoint Sue Ronan as Head Coach of the Senior Women's team. Sue has an excellent track record and has built up a wealth of experience both as a player and a coach. Her passion, commitment and knowledge of women's game will be very important for the future development of women's football in Ireland."