Alan Kelly steps down as Republic of Ireland goalkeeping coach

Tue, Jan 12 2021

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) have confirmed that Alan Kelly has stepped down as Republic of Ireland senior goalkeeping coach.

Kelly has represented the Boys in Green as both a player and coach for 28 years – and he follows Damien Duff in leaving Stephen Kenny’s backroom team in recent days.

“Alan called to inform me of his decision, and I have accepted it,” Ireland boss Stephen Kenny said following news of Kelly’s departure.

“I want to thank him for his time as goalkeeper coach with me and for his overall contribution to Irish football.”

And Kelly added: “With COVID-19 still viciously circulating in our communities, it is with a heavy heart that I have decided the time is right to step down from my role with the Republic of Ireland senior international team and pass on a fantastic group of goalkeepers to a new goalkeeping coach for the upcoming World Cup qualifying campaign.

“It has been an absolute honour and a privilege to represent the Republic of Ireland as a player and coach for the last 28 years.

“A special thank you goes out to all the Irish International goalkeepers I have played alongside and had the good fortune to coach.

"I would like to thank the FAI and wish Stephen, the staff and all the players the very best of luck in the World Cup qualifiers beginning in March and for the future.”

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