The FAI have announced that Andy Reid will become the new Head Coach of the Republic of Ireland Under-18 team.

A former Ireland international, who played 29 times at senior level, Reid has been pursuing his coaching qualifications with the FAI in recent years and is part of the current UEFA Pro Licence group.

Reid has been working with the U18s, under Jim Crawford, since March 2018 and will now take control of the team as Crawford links up with Stephen Kenny's Under-21 set-up.

Reid knows all about underage success, having won the UEFA European U16 Championships in 1998, before going on to enjoy a professional career that included spells with Nottingham Forest, Tottenham Hotspur, Charlton Athletic, Sunderland, Sheffield United and Blackpool.

Since hanging up his boots, the Dubliner has completed his UEFA A & B Licences with the FAI and served as assistant first-team coach at Nottingham Forest for an interim period.

Reid said of his appointment: "It is a real honour and privilege to have the opportunity to be appointed the Republic of Ireland Under-18 Head Coach.

"Having played underage football for my country, I understand the pathway these young players are taking. It will be a real pleasure to help them along the way.

"I have been involved in the set-up over the past 18 months with Jim Crawford and have seen first-hand some of the amazing work he has done. I am keen to maintain that work whilst putting my own stamp on it. I am very grateful to Jim for all of his help so far and I can’t wait to get started."

FAI high performance firector, Ruud Dokter said: "I am delighted to see Andy as the new Head Coach of the Under-18s. He brings a wealth of experience from his playing days and has gone through the pathway from Under-15 all the way up to the senior team.

"Andy is currently participating on our Pro Licence course and managing the Under-18's is a great opportunity for him to develop further as a manager/coach. I am sure the players will benefit from his passion and great knowledge of the game."