The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) have confirmed that 18 coaches have graduated from their UEFA Pro Licence programme.
The graduating coaches are as follows: John Andrews, Keith Andrews, Jim Brennan, John Cotter, Damien Duff, Neale Fenn, Paul Hegarty, Robbie Keane, Paddy McCarthy, Kevin Maher, Ger O'Brien, William O'Connor, Vinny Perth, Andy Reid, Stephen Rice, Dave Rogers, Szilard Suto and Srdjan Tufegdzic.
The programme, which has taken 18 months to complete was administered by the FAI, and there is now 96 coaches who have graduated from the FAI’s programme since 2009.
“I'd like to congratulate each of the 18 participants who have completed the UEFA Pro Licence, which is an integral part of their development as coaches,” FAI President Gerry McAnaney said.
“We have had the highest calibre of coaches complete the UEFA Pro Licence with the FAI and this group belong to that.
“I wish each of them the very best of luck in their respective football careers and I know that they will have a positive impact on the game going forward.”
And FAI High Performance Director Ruud Dokter added: “It’s fantastic to see a new group of coaches graduating from the UEFA Pro Licence course.
“This should not be taken lightly as the UEFA Pro Licence is the highest coaching certification in Europe and is recognised all around the world.
“The course is in line with modern-day coaching practices and UEFA guidelines and its holder is amongst a select group of the very best coaches.”
“I would like to congratulate the coaches and wish them the very best of luck. I am sure Irish football will benefit from their respective skill-sets and experience.
“Also my congratulations go out to Niall O’Regan and his team of coach educators for the successful delivery of the course."
Head of Coach Education with the FAI Niall O'Regan concluded: “After 18 months of hard work, the coaches have finally reached the end of the course and I am delighted to see how each of them have developed as coaches and managers over the duration of the course.
“The coaches worked extremely hard and challenged each to ensure that they created a dynamic, interactive and engaging learning environment.
“It bodes well for the future of Irish football to have 18 more UEFA Pro Licence holders working at home and abroad.”