Andy Reid has stepped down as Ireland Under-18’s head coach after taking up a full-time coaching role with the Nottingham Forest U23s.
The Former Ireland midfielder capped 29 times at senior level, took up the post in March of 2019 having previously worked as coach to the squad under current Irish U21 team boss Jim Crawford.
Reid served as Ireland U18s Head Coach for the past 22 months.
“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,” Reid told FAI.ie.
“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” added Reid.
“I would especially like to thank the FAI’s High Performance Director Ruud Dokter and his staff and the Coach-Education Department for all their support.
Finally, I would like to wish all the players well. We didn’t get a lot of time together because of the COVID-19 pandemic but I know how much playing for their country means to every one of them and I look forward to seeing them in the green jersey again in the future” said Reid.
FAI High Performance Director Ruud Dokter thanked Andy for his contribution to the U18 set-up 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” said Dokter.
“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” added Dokter.