Vera Pauw will not be returning as manager of the Irish women’s team


Vera Pauw’s stint as the manager of Ireland’s women’s football team has unfortunately come to an end after four years.

The decision was made at 10pm last night by the FAI board after a six hour deliberation.

The board hasn’t given a reason for the termination of her contract but they are looking for a new coach to lead the team into the coming season, particularly the 2025 European Championships in Switzerland.

The now ex-manager has said she wanted to keep the job but after a number of off field issues and a very public argument with Captain Katie McCabe on the World Cup pitch in Australia, it seems there was only one way forward for the team.

Negotiations between the FAI and Vera’s rep Ciarán Medlar, reportedly hit a standstill earlier in the Summer after sports news outlet The Athletic, released an in depth report about allegations against Vera.

The report dove into Vera’s single season as coach of the Houston Dash back in 2018. There were a number of bullying allegations made against her back then which she has vehemently denied.

Following the FAI’s decision CEO Johnathan Hill, thanked the manager for her hard work throughout her four year tenure with the Irish team.


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He said: “On behalf of the Football Association of Ireland, we would like to thank Vera for her hard work and commitment over the past four years and wish her well for the future.”

There’s been no details as to who will replace Vera but it’s been mentioned that the role will temporarily be filled by Eileen Gleeson, the Head of Women’s and Girl’s football, and assistant coach Tom Elms until a full time replacement can be found.


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