JUST 24 hours after it was announced that he had been appointed to the plum job of manager of the Northern Ireland Under 19 and Under 17 international squads, Killarney’s Diarmuid O’Carroll has withdrawn his application.
The former Killarney Athletic star from Ross Road has confirmed that an administrative error means that he cannot now accept the post.
In a statement to express his disappointment, which was shared on social media by the Irish Football Association, the 33-year-old said when he was finalising the contract an administrative error on his behalf, which occurred during the application process, was brought to his attention and he had to withdraw.
“I’m devastated but I wish the Irish FA and the lucky person who takes the role all the very best,” he said.
“I’m very proud that I was offered the position and, hopefully, a role like this will come my way again in the near future,” the Killarney man added.
O’Carroll embarked on a career as a professional footballer when Glasgow Celtic scouts spotted him playing with Home Farm in the League of Ireland and he signed a four-year contact with the Scottish giants.
He later played with and coached a number of clubs in Scotland, England, and in Northern Ireland where he won four Premier League titles in a playing career that saw him lining out with Crusaders, Cliftonville, Glenavon and Dungannon Swifts.
Most recently, O’Carroll was in charge of the Under 20 squad with Scottish Premier League side Motherwell and he also provided analysis on opponents for the first team.
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