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'I'm delighted to be given this opportunity' - Ireland interim boss Noel King

'I'm delighted to be given this opportunity' - Ireland interim boss Noel King

Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

The Republic of Ireland under-21 boss is "honoured" to take the reins of the senior team on a temporary basis and said he will give players a "clean slate"

Noel King has expressed his pride and delight at being named as interim manager of the Republic of Ireland senior team.

King, who is the current Ireland under-21 boss, will serve as caretaker manager of the senior team for the World Cup qualification fixtures against Germany and Kazakhstan in October as the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) search for a permanent successor to Giovanni Trapattoni, who stepped down at the beginning of September.

Recalling his experience working under former Ireland manager Jack Charlton at the World Cup in 1990, the 57-year-old explained that he was aware of how the set-up operated and, having worked with several Irish international teams during his career, said that he was "honoured" to manage the senior men's team.

"Obviously I was very proud when I was asked to take this role," said King. "I'm honoured and even though this is just a caretaker position, it's marvellous for me and for my family.

"I'm delighted to be given this opportunity and delighted that the FAI had the confidence in me to give me this responsibility."

After a period managing the Irish women's teams, King took over as manager of the U21 team in 2010 and has worked with a number of current senior internationals at youth level, including Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Robbie Brady.

And the former Derry City, Limerick and Finn Harps manager said that he would be offering a "clean slate" to all players as he prepares to name a provisional 30-man squad on Friday September 27.

"I'd have no reason to block anybody out of the squad," King told reporters. "As far as I'm concerned, I'm starting from a clean slate."

The FAI's High Performance Director Ruud Dokter, who has been tasked with finding a permanent candidate along with Ray Houghton, is set to assist King for the forthcoming qualifiers, which take place on October 11 and 15 respectively.

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