Former Finn Harps midfielder Tom Mohan received a nice surprise when Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane arrived at a training camp at Everton FC’s Finch Farm.
Mohan manages the Ireland U-1-17s, were partaking in a three-day training camp in Liverpool ahead of their upcoming Uefa elite mini-group qualifiers in late March, when they face Germany, Georgia and hosts Serbia aiming for top spot and a place in the Euro finals.
The move reinforces Keane’s intention to get involved in all aspects of the game in Ireland upon his appointment as Ireland’s assistant manager last November. The foundations for Keane’s visit were laid in December when Keane and Martin O’Neill met with all FAI underage managers to discuss plans for the upcoming year at FAI Headquarters in Abbotstown. Keane has since liaised with U17 manager Tom Mohan on being present during the camp.
“It was an absolute pleasure to have Roy along to our training camp in Everton,” said Mohan. “He made an inspirational speech to the lads, which saw them energised ahead of their clash against Everton Tuesday.
“The result didn’t go our way, but they pulled together and put n a fantastic display. I’m looking forward to working with Roy again in future.”