Paul Doolin's last game as Republic of Ireland Under-18 and Under-19 boss ended in defeat as the Boys in Green lost 4-1 to England in a behind-closed-doors friendly.
The former Cork City and Drogheda United boss is vacating the post after over five years at the helm, having been appointed in September 2010 and despite leaving on a loss, he believes that his successor is inheriting "a decent group" of players.
"Overall we did well but our lads need to realise that U19 is a step up again from this," said the 53-year-old.
"The next person into this job has a decent group to work with but you can see that it's a very high standard at this level."
England went ahead at St George's Park in the 24th minute after Lukas Nmecha's low strike and Marcus Edwards added a second for the hosts10 minutes later after finding his way through the Irish backline.
Doolin's side narrowed the deficit shortly after half-time through Conor Levingston and he could have had another five minutes later but blasted straight at the goalkeeper.
Edwards soon punished Ireland when he added another goal, but the visitors had a chance to claw their way back into the game when Gerry McDonagh was felled inside the box after the hour mark. However, Conor Ronan failed to find the target, sending his penalty over the cross bar.
With just over 10 minutes remaining, Antony Evans added England's fourth, putting the game well beyond Ireland's reach.