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Andy Reid leaves FAI role to take under-23 head coach job with Nottingham Forest

Mon, Jan 18 2021
Andy Reid in action for Ireland in 2013

The former Ireland international returned to Forest in January 2020 where he played a key role in helping their under-23 side lift the Professional Development League North title last season. Credit: Eddie Lennon (ETPhotos)

Nottingham Forest have announced the appointment of Andy Reid as the club's under-23 head coach.

He will leave his position of under-18 manager with the FAI to take up the full time role with Forest following a spell in interim charge after Chris Cohen left the position with the club last September.

The Dubliner came through the academy at Nottingham Forest and made 290 appearances across two spells spanning a decade.

The former Ireland international returned to Forest in January 2020 where he played a key role in helping their under-23 side lift the Professional Development League North title last season.

His popularity with the players and staff has seen the young Reds impress as the club continues its reputation of developing players from within.

Speaking to FAI.ie Reid thanked the FAI for the opportunity they had given him.

“It is with great regret that I am leaving this position but the opportunity to work full-time at Forest was just too good to turn down,” siad Reid.

“I want to thank the FAI for appointing me to the U18 international job last year. I enjoyed every minute of it and I know the experience will stand to me for the rest of my career.”

FAI High Performance Director, Ruud Dokter thanked Reid for his efforts with the U18 setup over the last 22 months.

“Having played at the highest level, Andy understands our pathway and his expertise has benefitted all those who played under him.

"On behalf of the Association, I want to thank him for his time with us and wish him well with this new job at Nottingham Forest and for his future in management which I know will be a bright one,” he told FAI.ie.

The former Tottenham, Charlton and Sunderland midfielder won 29 caps for Ireland and had been serving as the country’s under-18s Head Coach since March 2019.

“Everyone knows my affiliation with this club, so to now become head coach of the under-23s is really special for me,” said Reid speaking to Forest’s media team.

"It's obviously an exciting time for the club with plans and ambitions to move the academy into the category one status.

"There's a lot of work to be done in order to achieve this, but we are all determined to see it through and give our players the best possible chance of going on to have successful careers.”

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