Andy Reid has stepped down as head coach of the Ireland U18 team to take up a full-time role as head coach of the Nottingham Forest U23 side.
Reid had served as Ireland U18 for the past 22 months. The former Ireland international, who played for Forest, joined the club as a coach a year ago. He had been managing the club's U23 team on an interim basis since September.
"It is with great regret that I am leaving this position but the opportunity to work full-time at Forest was just too good to turn down,” Reid told FAI.ie.
"I want to thank the FAI for appointing me to the U18 international job last year. I enjoyed every minute of it and I know the experience will stand to me for the rest of my career."
Regarding the Forest job, Reid said: "I am delighted to have accepted the role. Everyone knows my affiliation with this club, so to now become head coach of the Under 23s is really special for me.
"We had a fantastic season last year and myself and all of the staff connected to the academy are determined to achieve parallel success this season and to see the continued development of these fantastic young players.
“It's obviously an exciting time for the club with plans and ambitions to move the academy into the category one status. There's a lot of work to be done in order to achieve this, but we are all determined to see it through and give our players the best possible chance of going on to have successful careers.”
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