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Perth confirmed as participant on FAI’s UEFA Pro Licence course

Perth confirmed as participant on FAI’s UEFA Pro Licence course

Dundalk FC head coach Vinny Perth has been confirmed as a participant on the FAI’s UEFA Pro Licence course for 2019/20.

Perth is one of 19 who will participate on the course, which is a requirement to manage in the League of Ireland.

Amongst the group are former Republic of Ireland internationals Robbie Keane, Damien Duff, Keith Andrews and Andy Reid, ex-Canadian Player of the Year Jim Brennan, All-Ireland-winning coach Jim McGuinness, and seven coaches currently working in the SSE Airtricity League.

Szilard Suto works with a club in Hungary and recently completed his UEFA Elite Youth A Licence with the FAI, while Srdjan Tufegdzic comes in due to Iceland – where he currently coaches – not having the capacity to host their own UEFA Pro Licence course.

Andrews returns to the course having deferred his place in the last group due to work commitments, while former underage Ireland internationals Paddy McCarthy and Kevin Maher bring their experience of working in England with Crystal Palace and Southend United respectively.

FAI High Performance Director Ruud Dokter is excited about working with this group of ambitious coaches, who begin the 18-month course this morning.

“It is fantastic to unveil the participants for the latest UEFA Pro Licence course run by the FAI, which will include 19 highly-skilled coaches aiming to take the next step in their respective careers,” said Dokter.

“This will be our sixth group at Pro Licence level and it includes candidates from various backgrounds, including various former international players, coaches excelling in the SSE Airtricity League, and others who are making an impact further afield in places like the United States.

“The FAI has placed a strong emphasis on coach education and development – under the guidance of Niall O’Regan – and previous graduates from this course, which is the highest level in Europe, have been able to progress in their respective careers. I look forward to working with this new group.”

The 2019/20 FAI UEFA Pro Licence participants are: John Andrews, Keith Andrews, Jim Brennan, John Cotter, Damien Duff, Neale Fenn, Paul Hegarty, Robbie Keane, Paddy McCarthy, Jim McGuinness, Kevin Maher, Ger O’Brien, William O’Connor, Vinny Perth, Andy Reid, Stephen Rice, Dave Rogers, Szilard Suto, Srdjan Tufegdzic.