“It was a tremendous honour to represent Ireland as a player and now, to get the opportunity to represent my country as a coach, it brings up exactly the same emotions,” said Dean Kiely in the FAI press release.
“I’ve always watched from afar as a fan and I really believe there are exciting times ahead in Irish football. We’ve got a real blend of experience and young players with potential coming into the squad. It is something I’m desperate to be a part of and I’m already looking forward to the qualifiers in March.”
Ireland boss Stephen Kenny said: “Dean has had an exceptional career both as a goalkeeper and a coach, he has been coaching international goalkeepers in the Premier League for many seasons now.
“His sheer enthusiasm and his sense of pride at the prospect of representing Ireland is very uplifting, and the current crop of talented goalkeepers in the squad will benefit from his expertise and experience.”
Dean’s international career with Ireland stretched over nine years. He made his international debut in 1999 in a UEFA Euro 2000 play-off match against Turkey, won 11 caps and was a member of the Ireland squad at the 2002 World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea.
His club career saw Dean amass over 750 club appearances during a 21-year spell which saw him play in the Premier League for Charlton Athletic, West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth.