For Andy Reid, it's now a case of the buck stops with him following his recent promotion to head coach of the Republic of Ireland Under-18 side.

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

Speaking on the RTÉ Soccer Podcast, the 36-year-old was in doubt as to what he wants from his side as they prepare for back-to-back friendlies against Turkey.

"I want players to be creative and above all I want my teams to play good football," he said.

"I'll give the team good organisation and building blocks to start from. And then I want them to express themselves. I want to see their ability. I want to see what they can do. It's up to them then to go out and show that on the pitch. As for what style of play will people see? Well, it will be a style that gives players freedom of expression."

Indeed, Reid himself feels he has the right attributes to lead the side, when adding: "I was a leader when I was a player and I want to be a leader as a manager.

"To be head coach you have to have them leadership qualities. I feel that I have got them. I see it as a natural progression for me. I've been working towards it, doing my coaching badges. I'm on my pro-licence at the moment." 

The Republic of Ireland Under-18s face Turkey on this coming Thursday and Saturday in Istanbul. 

Both games kick-off at 10.00am Irish time.


Goalkeepers: Seán Bohan (Bohemians), Bobby Jones (Wigan Athletic).

Defenders: Eiran Cashin (Derby County), Jaden Charles (Derby County), Shadrach Ogie (Leyton Orient), Andrew Spain (Shamrock Rovers), Max Murphy (Stoke City), Ray O’Sullivan (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Reece Staunton (Bradford City).

Midfielders: Seán Brennan (Longford Town), Barry Coffey (Celtic), Donal Higgins (Galway United), Adam O’Reilly (Preston North End), Callum Thompson (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Ross Tierney (Bohemians), Louie Watson (West Ham United).

Forwards: Ryan Cassidy (Watford), George Nunn (Chelsea).