Colin Bell leaves Republic of Ireland WNT head coach role

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Republic of Ireland Head Coach Colin Bell is leaving his position to take up a role with Huddersfield Town FC.

The FAI say that Bell, who was appointed in February 2017, has accepted the role of Assistant Head Coach at the Championship club and will start work immediately.

FAI High Performance Director Ruud Dokter paid tribute to Colin Bell’s work with the Irish squad over the last two years.

He told fai.ie : “He has introduced new players to international football and brought our team to a new place. The World Cup qualifying campaign saw him bed in his ideas very quickly and the players responded with high level performances. His passion, commitment and desire to develop women’s football in Ireland was exemplary and I wish him well at Huddersfield. The challenge now for the new management and the players is to qualify for the European Championships.”

FAI President Donal Conway said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Colin over the last two years and we are very disappointed to lose him. However, I can understand why a top club in England would want him and Colin has decided that this is the right move for him at this time.”

Bell oversaw 22 games including 10 World Cup qualifiers which saw the Republic of Ireland finish third, only behind Norway and the Netherlands.