Sue Ronan to step down as head coach of the Irish women's national team

She will become Head of Women's Football for the Football Association of Ireland

Sue Ronan

Manager Sue Ronan ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

The FAI has announced that Sue Ronan will step down as head coach of the Republic of Ireland Women's Senior International Team.

Instead, Ronan will focus fully on her position as Head of Women's Football for the Football Association of Ireland.

She has been in charge of the senior team since October 2010 after a decade in charge of the Women's Under-19s.

"It has been an absolute honour to have had the opportunity to manage my country for the last six years," said Ronan.

"While we unfortunately haven't achieved our goal of qualifying for a final tournament, it has been a pleasure working with a such a group of dedicated players who have always given their all to me personally and for the green jersey.

"I feel with the experience we now have in this squad, along with the quality of youngsters currently on our underage teams, the future looks very bright and will ultimately lead us to that goal of playing amongst the elite of Europe at a major finals.

"In my role as Head of Women's Football I will be striving to put the structures in place that are absolutely necessary for this team to take that next step, so it's an exciting chapter in my career.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank my staff for all their efforts and commitment and I look forward to working with the players and new management team in my role going forward."