Staunton 'delighted' by Irish appointment

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Steve Staunton has been confirmed as the new manager of the Republic of Ireland. Due to his lack of managerial experience, he will be assisted by Sir Bobby Robson, with the former England manager taking up a position as "international football consultant".

Staunton's backroom team includes Kevin MacDonald as coach, with the 45-year-old retaining his role as Aston Villa reserve-team manager, and former Republic No 1 Alan Kelly as goalkeeping coach.

Staunton, 36, follows Brian Kerr, whose contract was not renewed following his failure to guide Ireland to this summer's World Cup finals.

Staunton said: "I'm delighted and proud to be appointed Irish international team manager. I know that the calibre of the team I have will bring a huge range of experience and talent to the challenges that lie ahead. I can't wait to get started.

"I hope that the drive, passion and commitment that we have can reflect the Irish fans' real love for the game and have an impact, not just on the squad, but on the nation."

Robson, 72, said: "I am really looking forward to working with the new manager and his team. Stephen's record and reputation speak for themselves and I am delighted to help and advise Stephen in any way.

"I am totally confident the Irish international team has a really bright future."