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Sundhage for Ireland? Louise Quinn starts a rumour we can all get behind

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Sundhage: coached USWNT to 2008 and 2012 Olympic golds before returning to her native Sweden.
Sundhage: coached USWNT to 2008 and 2012 Olympic golds before returning to her native Sweden.
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IF YOU DON’T ask, you don’t get — so you can hardly blame Louise Quinn for chancing her arm.

The Ireland international is planting the first wishful seeds of speculation regarding the national football team’s next coach.

Pia Sundhage, arguably the most famous coach in the women’s game, announced today that she will step down as Sweden boss following next year’s European Championships.

And Quinn, who plays her football in Sweden with Eskilstuna United, was quick to link the woman who guided the USA to back-to-back Olympic golds with the vacant Irish post.

“I’m going to start a rumour now,” Quinn tweeted. “Pia Sundhage for the Irish Women’s National team job???”

Sue Ronan took charge of her final Ireland game last weekend, a 2-1 win against the Basque County, stepping down after six years to take up her new position as the FAI’s Head of Women’s Football.

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