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Former Wexford Youths boss Tom Elmes appointed assistant to Ireland manager Vera Pauw

Tom Elmes has been appointed assistant to Republic of Ireland manager Vera Pauw following the departure of Eileen Gleeson.

Elmes, a league and FAI Cup winner with Wexford Youths, will combine his new role with duties as under-16 coach, having already been involved with the home-based training squad.

The highly-rated Englishman was a course leader for the FAI at IT Carlow for five years before being promoted to the under-16s job during the summer.

He replaces former Peamount United and UCD Waves boss Gleeson, who has joined the Irish contingent at Scottish champions Glasgow City as head coach.

The 36-year-old will begin his role at the end of the month as Ireland look to build on last month’s win in Finland as they host Slovakia and Georgia in Tallaght Stadium.

Elmes immigrated to Ireland as a 21-year-old to work as a carpenter, and was part of the Youths men’s squad when they joined the league in 2007.

He took over as WNL manager in 2018 following the departure of the league-winning Laura Heffernan, and guided the club to a treble in his first season and an FAI Cup the next.

Elmes will already be well-acquainted with current internationals Rianna Jarrett, Claire O’Riordan and Ellen Molloy, whose development he helped oversee at Youths.

He said: “This is a great opportunity for me to work with and learn from Vera as well as the players as we look to qualify for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time so far with the Football Association of Ireland even if it’s been a bit of a whirlwind: leading the under-16s, working alongside James Scott with the under-17s, being part of the WNT home-based sessions and learning from everyone involved in the international set-up through our regular interactions.

“This is a really exciting time for women’s football and I’m delighted to be asked to join a team that has been performing brilliantly for quite a while now.

“I look forward to linking up with Vera, Jan Willem van Ede, Andy Holt and the rest of the staff as we set out preparing for the two home games this month.”

Pauw added: “I’m delighted to welcome Tom to our team. He is an excellent coach with a deep knowledge of the Irish game, the players available to us and, crucially, how we want to do things within the Republic of Ireland international set-up.

“Throughout my career, I’ve always worked with assistant coaches who have a strong knowledge of the national league.

“Tom’s experience in that area will be a fantastic asset for us in identifying and monitoring home-based players.

“It was unfortunate timing for us that Glasgow City came in with an offer for Eileen Gleeson but we fully respect and support her decision to take on that role.

“In Tom, I believe we have a top class coach with a lot of experience and a desire to keep on improving.

“We are excited to meet up again for the games against Slovakia and Georgia, which are really important as part of our qualifying campaign, and having Tom part of our team will give us a big boost.”




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