Coaching / Development Performance | 30.11.18

Performance Appointments

Senior Appointments at the FAI, IRFU, New York Mets, LA Dodgers, Worcestershire CCC, Lancashire CCC and Scottish Hockey.

Performance Appointments

The Leaders Performance Institute’s weekly review of appointments across global sport.

Ireland leads the way this week, with movement across both soccer and rugby union. Firstly, the FAI [Football Association of Ireland] announced the return of Mick McCarthy as the Head Coach of the Republic of Ireland senior men’s team. McCarthy, who managed the Boys in Green between 1996 and 2002, has signed a two-year contract and will be joined by Terry Connor and Ireland’s record goalscorer Robbie Keane.


Mick McCarthy (Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)


In a unique twist, McCarthy will step aside in 2020 to allow Stephen Kenny to take the reins. In the interim period, Kenny will take charge of the Republic of Ireland men’s Under-21s, having left League of Ireland side Dundalk.

A day later, Joe Schmidt, Head Coach of the Ireland men’s senior rugby union team, publicly stated that he would step down at the conclusion of Ireland’s campaign at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. His assistant, Andy Farrell, will take the top job as Schmidt steps back from the world of rugby.

Across the Atlantic in baseball, Allard Baird has left the Red Sox front office to take the role of Vice President of Player Development & Scouting at the New York Mets. Baird is perhaps most noted for his tenure as GM of the Kansas City Royals between 2000 and 2006.

From East Coast to West Coast, the LA Dodgers have finalised their coaching staff for the 2019 MLB season. Dino Ebel returns to the organisation as Third-Base Coach, Robert Van Scoyoc as Hitting Coach and Chris Gimenez as Game Planning Coach. There has also been some promotions, with Brant Brown moving to Hitting Strategist and Aaron Bates to Assistant Hitting Coach.

Back in England and cricket’s County Championship, Alex Gidman is the new First-Team Coach of the Worcestershire senior men’s team. Gidman succeeds Kevin Sharpe, who moves to Head of Player & Coaches Development.

Up the road, the Lancashire senior men’s team has also been subject to change. Mark Chiltern has been taken the role of Performance Director while remaining as Assistant Coach to Glen Chapple and Karl Krikken is the club’s new Performance Manager.

North of the border, Kelly Pryde-Fillingham has been appointed Head Coach of the Scotland women’s Under-16s team.

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