Aidy Boothroyd leaves England U21s role

Aidy Boothroyd leaves England U21s role

England U21 team will be looking for a new man in charge of the team after the English FA relieved Aidy Boothroyd off of his duties.

Boothroyd has been in charge of the junior team for seven years and recently led them to a second consecutive European Championships group stage exit.

In a statement, the FA noted: “Aidy Boothroyd is to leave his role as a national-team coach after a seven-year spell in which he guided England to three successive UEFA U21 EURO tournaments.

“Boothroyd, who took the Young Lions to within a penalty shootout of 2017's U21 EURO final and followed that up by winning the 2018 Toulon Tournament, has particularly played a pivotal role in helping nurture young talent through the player pathway and into the senior squad.

“Having initially joined the St. George’s Park set-up in February 2014, Boothroyd has decided to move on after the disappointment of the recent U21 EURO in Slovenia.”

Boothroyd's coaching career began with working across different development England teams including the U19s and U20s before succeeding Gareth Southgate with the U21s in early 2017.

The FA confirmed that they will now begin a formal open process to recruit Boothroyd’s successor, with the qualification programme for the 2023 UEFA U21 EURO

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