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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 January 2006, 09:07 GMT
MacDonald set for Republic post
Steve Staunton will be selecting his own backroom staff
Steve Staunton is believed to be lining up Kevin MacDonald as his coaching guru in the new Republic of Ireland set-up.

MacDonald, currently reserve-team coach at Aston Villa, is to take on the senior coaching role with the Republic.

The two men first crossed paths at Liverpool, with Staunton linking up again with the 45-year-old Scot during his spell at Villa Park.

Staunton is also poised to bring in former Blackburn player Alan Kelly as his goalkeeping coach.

The FAI have apparently entrusted Staunton with the task of appointing his own backroom team.

MacDonald, who holds a Uefa professional licence coaching badge, has worked under numerous bosses with the Midlands club and is, at present, under former Republic defender David O'Leary.

Staunton, who celebrates his 37th birthday in eight days, looks set to be handed a four-year contract, with Sir Bobby Robson receiving a two-year deal as his assistant.

The FAI see that as ideal for Robson to help ease Staunton, who has recently been coaching with League One side Walsall, into an unfamiliar role, given his lack of managerial experience.

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