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Williams Answers Kenny’s Call

Club News
// 17 Nov 2020

Dundalk goalkeeping coach Steve Williams enjoyed something of a manic Monday after answering Stephen Kenny’s call to help out with the Republic of Ireland national team ahead of their Nations League clash with Bulgaria.

Kenny made the move for Williams after Irish goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly opted against travelling to Dublin for Wednesday night’s game. In a statement released last night, Kelly, who suffers from asthma, said that health concerns were behind his decision. 

Irish midfielder Alan Browne tested positive for COVID-19 after playing in the 3-0 defeat against England at Wembley last week while Callum Robinson, James McClean and Matt Doherty have also been diagnosed with the virus.

Steve Williams, left, with goalkeepers Mark Travers, right, Caoimhin Kelleher during a Republic of Ireland training session at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Williams, who worked with Kenny during his six seasons at Oriel Park, put Dundalk ‘keepers Gary Rogers, Aaron McCarey and Jimmy Corcoran through their paces at Oriel Park on Monday morning before dashing up the M1 to meet up with Boys In Green for their evening session at Abbottstown.

“It was a crazy day yesterday,” the Welshman told dundalkfc.com. “One session I was with Dundalk, and then a few hours later I was with the national team.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for me, personally, and when Stephen called it was a straight yes,” he added. “ I’m really looking forward to seeing the quality in the Irish camp first-hand, especially the goalkeepers.”

Williams will have no problems settling into his temporary surroundings. As well as Kenny, current Lilywhites physio Danny Miller, ex-Dundalk player and assistant manager Ruaidhri Higgins, and former sports therapist Sam Rice are also involved with the national set-up.