Dutch coach Vera Pauw has been announced as the new manager of the Ireland women’s soccer team.
RTE Sport reported that Pauw attended Tuesday nights UEFA 2021 Qualifier with Montenegro in a spectating role and she now takes up the position as head coach with immediate effect. Pauw has a huge amount of experience having played 89 times for the Netherlands, she was also the first woman from the Netherlands to play professionally.
The 56-year-old who was born in Amsterdam has a lot of experience coaching at international women’s level. She was the coach of Scotland from 1998 to 2004. She then took up the mantle of boss of her native Netherlands from 2004 to 2010. She led the side to the European Championship semi-finals in 2009. She became Russian coach in 2010 when she took over from Igor Shalimov, this was on an interim basis. However, she was appointed as technical director of the Russian side then. In 2014 Pauw took up the role as boss of the South African ladies team. She stepped down from this job in 2016 after the Olympics. Houston Dash in America were next to come calling where she was appointed head coach, she departed the club in September 2018. Since then Pauw has been working with Thailand as an advisor.
Speaking of her new role Pauw said: “I am very excited at the prospect of managing the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team for the remainder of this European Championship campaign and I believe we can achieve very positive results together.” I was impressed with what I saw versus Montenegro and I want to wish Tom well for his future career and thank him for the excellent job he has done with the Ireland team in recent weeks.”
General Manager of the FAI, Tom Mooney said We are delighted to welcome Vera Pauw as our new Senior National Team Manager for what is a crucial period in the women’s game in Ireland. “Our objective in making this appointment was very clear – to find the best manager to lead our talented squad to EURO 2021 in England while continuing to build sustainable growth in the high-performance sector of the women’s game.