Congratulations to FARE supporter Brian Kerr06 April 2009

FARE warmly congratulates former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr on his appointment as coach of the Faroe Islands on a two-and-a-half year contract.

Kerr, 56, replaces Jógvan Martin Olsen, who retired after the 1-0 defeat by Lithuania in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in October. That result was preceded by a 1-1 home draw with Austria – the Faroes' only point from four Group 7 matches.

“I hope I can improve on the results,” said Kerr, who guided Ireland to a 2-0 win in the Faroe Islands in a qualifier for the 2006 tournament.
“We're in a difficult group but it was a fantastic result to draw with Austria. It won't be easy to get better results but I've always been one who relishes being an underdog, I like having that challenge.”

Brian added: “I'll expect commitment from everybody, from the staff, the association and from the public. I hope they're going to continue to support the national team in big numbers and that they will turn up at the games.”

Brian has proved to be a firm friend of the FARE network, most recently in March 2009, when he addressed the FARE NGO Forum at the UEFA conference in Warsaw. Brian is a trustee of FARE member, Sport Against Racism in Ireland (SARI).