Northern Ireland women’s manager Kenny Shiels has signed a two-year contract extension after guiding the team to a major tournament for the first time.
Shiels’ side qualified for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 earlier this month after beating Ukraine 2-0 in their second leg of their play-off.
The new agreement runs until 2023 and Shiels will move from a part-time to a full-time position.
“I am delighted with this development and grateful to the Irish Football Association for making this possible,” said Shiels.
“The success of the Northern Ireland senior women’s team has added to the interest in women’s football from the grassroots level.
“My job is to continue to build on the momentum we have generated and prepare for the euros for next summer.”
In addition to overseeing next summer’s European Championships campaign under this new contract, Shiels will be in charge of the 2023 Women’s World Cup qualifiers which begin in September.
Northern Ireland will face England, Austria, North Macedonia, Latvia and Luxembourg in Group D after Friday’s draw.
Their last game against the Lionesses was a 6-0 friendly loss in February.
2023 Women’s World Cup qualifiers – full draw
GROUP A: Sweden, Finland, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND, Slovakia, Georgia
GROUP B: Spain, SCOTLAND, Ukraine, Hungary, Faroe Islands
GROUP C: Netherlands, Iceland, Czech Republic, Belarus, Cyprus
GROUP D: ENGLAND, Austria, NORTH IRELAND, North Macedonia, Latvia, Luxembourg
GROUP E: Denmark, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azerbaijan, Malta, Montenegro
GROUP F: Norway, Belgium, Poland, Albania, Kosovo, Armenia
GROUP G: Italy, Switzerland, Romania, Croatia, Moldova, Lithuania
GROUP H: Germany, Portugal, Serbia, Israel, Turkey, Bulgaria
GROUP I: France, WALES, Slovenia, Greece, Kazakhstan, Estonia