Republic of Ireland U21 manager, Stephen Kenny, has appointed former international, Keith Andrews, to his coaching staff.
Andrews, who is part of the current FAI UEFA Pro Licence course, will become assistant coach alongside Jim Crawford, who leaves his role as Ireland Under-18 Head Coach.
The Dubliner, who earned 35 caps for Ireland, was previously part of Colin O’Brien’s coaching staff with the Republic of Ireland U-17s when they reached the quarter-finals of the European Championships in 2017.
Former League of Ireland winner Dan Connor will continue his role of goalkeeping coach with the U-21s.
Meanwhile, nine different League of Ireland clubs are represented in Kenny’s U21 training squad.
Shamrock Rovers have had three players called up while there are call-ups for Sligo Rovers centre-back John Mahon, Cork City defender Conor McCarthy, St. Patrick’s Athletic midfielder Jamie Lennon and also included are the UCD trio of Conor Kearns, Liam Scales and Neil Farrugia.
All of the players are eligible for the upcoming UEFA U-21 European Championships campaign, which starts in March against Luxembourg at Tallaght Stadium.
The U21 team will take part in the 2019 Toulon Tournament, having previously competed in it six times and will travel to France in June.
#IRLU21🇮🇪 manager Stephen Kenny names February training camp squad and confirms coaching staff.
Keith Andrews and Jim Crawford set to become assistant coaches as Kenny also confirms Toulon Tournament!
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) January 24, 2019
The training squad will also take on the Ireland Amateur team in a friendly game at Whitehall Stadium on Wednesday, February 6 at 7.45pm.
U21 training squad:
Goalkeepers: Conor Kearns (UCD), Ross Treacy (Dundalk)
Defenders: Andy Lyons (Bohemians), Darragh Leahy (Bohemians), Conor McCarthy (Cork City), Trevor Clarke (Shamrock Rovers), Liam Scales (UCD), John Mahon (Sligo Rovers).
Midfielders: Dan Mandriou (Bohemians), Will Fitzgerald (Limerick), Aaron Bolger (Shamrock Rovers), JJ Lunney (Waterford), Jamie Lennon (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Brandon Kavanagh (Shamrock Rovers), Robbie McCourt (Bohemians).
Forwards: Ronan Hale (Crusaders), Neil Farrugia (UCD), Michael O’Connor (Linfield), Will Fitzgerald (Limerick), Zach Elbouzedi (Waterford), Karl O’Sullivan (Limerick).
U21 coaching staff:
Manager: Stephen Kenny
Assistant Coaches: Keith Andrews, Jim Crawford
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Damien Doyle
Goalkeeping Coach: Dan Connor
Performance Analyst: Gary Seery
Physiotherapist: Kevin Mulholland
Team Doctor: Ronan Kearney