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The former Ireland manager has worked within the organisation for the last 13 years, assisting players and clubs, but will not be retained

The FAI will not renew the contract of Eoin Hand as football support services manager, bringing an end to 13 years of service.

The former senior team manager's role as career guidance officer was expanded in 2004 and in his capacity he assisted Irish players in clubs in their relationships with English sides.

However, Hand's role will be combined with those of compliance and children's welfare and will be filled by Vincent O'Flaherty.

Hand told the Evening Herald: "I am disappointed. But I am more disappointed for the clubs to whom I was giving service.

"I had said I didn't want to do as much as I had been doing with regard to career guidance and things like that. "But I certainly wanted to continue the compensations work that I had basically brought into the country in 2001.

"I have learned how to handle all of the problems that clubs encounter between here and England and I really did think they would have wanted me to continue but they thought differently."