Shelbourne have announced today who’s going to succeed Noel King in the role of their Women’s Premier Division first team manager, raising the question, who is Eoin Wearen ?
⚽️ Women’s Premier Division team Shelbourne have today announced that Eoin Wearen will succeed Noel King as their women’s first team manager.
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Who is Eoin Wearen , why is he succeeding Noel King?
Noel King departs the role as Shelbourne women’s manager after three seasons, having won two Premier Division titles and one WFAI cup during that time.
Last year his side completed the league and cup double, while this year they only narrowly missed out on more WFAI cup glory, falling short to Athlone Town on penalties.
King declared his intention to withdraw from the Red’s coaching set up at the end of October, stating that it was a “tremendous honour to manage Shelbourne FC.”
“The dedication and passion of the girls, staff, and supporters have been unwavering. I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished together.”
It’s unclear what King’s managerial future may hold, but for now he leaves behind a capable Shels side and leaves things open for Wearen to step into his shoes.
— Shelbourne FC (@shelsfc) October 28, 2023
Who is Eoin Wearen , what was he like as a player?
Dubliner Wearen began playing football with St Kevin’s Boys, taking the leap to join West Ham United in 2008 at the age of 16.
Somewhat hampered by injury, he spent the following five years with the Hammers in the youth and reserve teams, working under managers such as Gianfranco Zola and Sam Allardyce, before going on loan to League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge in 2012.
During this period he also donned an Irish jersey at underage level, representing the Boys in Green at U17, U18 and U19 grades.
In 2014 he made the switch back to play football in Ireland, joining Bohemians and going on to play for Sligo Rovers, Limerick FC, Glenavon and Denton Diablos to close out his career.
AMERICA / Former Bohemians, Sligo Rovers and @FAIreland Under 19 midfielder Eoin Wearen captained Denton Diablos (Texas) to the NPSL National Championship at the weekend, including scoring a seventh minute header in a 5-2 win over Tulsa Athletic that sealed their playoff victory. pic.twitter.com/JmjnEBa75D
— Emerald Exiles (@EmeraldExiles) August 9, 2021
Eoin Wearen’s Coaching qualifications
Wearen had been working on his coaching badges throughout his playing career, kickstarting it into reality with a move to the US when he joined Colleyville Evolution SC Academy in Texas.
He holds a UEFA A coaching licence, has s a BA Hons in Business Management (Sport & Football), a Football Management Degree, and according to Shelbourne’s official statement, is “an accomplished football player and highly regarded young and upcoming coach.”
In Illinois, a stint as Liverpool FC International Academy head coach was the next thing on his CV, and he was also involved as Head Coach of the Chicago City Soccer Club’s USLW side before he returned to Ireland.
When he did he worked with the Shels U17W team, helping to guide them to a league and cup double.
— Shelbourne FC (@shelsfc) November 28, 2023
Who is Eoin Wearen , what’s is vision for the club?
As someone who has been “tasked with overseeing a player pathway from elite underage to senior football for the many talented players” in Shelbourne’s academy, it’s clear to see where Wearan’s strengths may lie.
He’ll be joined by Rory Kirk as his Assistant Manager, who’s also a UEFA A licensed coach, alongside his position as Women’s Academy Manager at the club.
On his appointment Wearen insists he’s “delighted” to accept the job and that he “can’t wait to get going and begin preparations for next year.”
“We already have a brilliant core group at the club, which contains some of the top senior players and leaders in the country and also an exciting crop of talented young players who are at the beginning of their careers as we look to help them fulfil their full potential,” he says.
“We will look to play an expansive, attacking brand of football which will excite the supporters and compete on all fronts once again next season.”
Meanwhile, CEO of Shelbourne FC, Barry Mocke, also shares that level of anticipation.
“Eoin has a very clear and ambitious vision for this team and is perfectly poised to elevate the club’s women’s football program to new heights,” he says.
“Eoin’s enthusiasm, experience, skill, and passion for the women’s game makes this a very exciting appointment for the club.”
— Shelbourne FC (@shelsfc) April 5, 2023