Former Sligo Rovers boss back in management

Former Sligo Rovers manager Gerard Lyttle has been appointed as the new manager of Northern Ireland’s under-19 and under-17 teams.

Lyttle, who most recently was head coach at the Irish Football Association’s academy, was previously in charge of NI’s under-16s.

The Belfast man’s selection was announced three days after Diarmuid O’Carroll withdrew his application due to an “administrative error”, after the Irish FA announced his appointment on Friday.

It’s understood the error was linked to the coaching qualifications required for the role. O’Carroll had been a Motherwell coach.

Lyttle, who’s 43, will experience his first competitive action in the new role next month when his under-19 side play three European Championship qualifiers.