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Northern Ireland women insist they are ‘STAND BY’ to manager Kenny Shiel despite controversial comments

The Northern Ireland women’s team insist they are on ‘STAND BY’ for manager Kenny Shiel, while captain Marissa Callaghan says he is a ‘man of integrity’ – even after he claimed women’s teams concede goals in quick succession because they are ‘more emotional than men”.

The Northern Ireland women have defended their beleaguered boss Kenny Shiels despite claiming female players are “more emotional than men” and captain Marissa Callaghan called him “a man of integrity”.

Shiels was widely condemned for his controversial remarks after his side were beaten 5-0 by England, and the manager apologized for his words.

The 65-year-old has been asked to step down from his position, which he held for three years, but his team has jumped to his defense after his post-match press conference, in which he said women are more likely to concede goals in quick succession due to their ” emotional imbalance”.

Northern Ireland captain Marissa Callaghan issued a statement on behalf of the squad, insisting they stood behind the boss and believed his words were “in relation to a meeting we had over emotions”.

Northern Ireland women have defended under-fire boss Kenny Shiels despite his controversial comments claiming women are

Northern Ireland women have defended under-fire boss Kenny Shiels despite his controversial comments claiming women are “more emotional than men”.

The team believe Shiels is

The team believe Shiels is “a man of integrity” and said his words referred to the players meeting their manager

“In light of recent events, we all stand by our manager,” she said.

“We believe his interview was related to a meeting we had as a team where we analyzed that we were conceding goals in quick succession and emotion was one of the many things we talked about,” Callaghan wrote.

“Ever since Kenny took over our national team three years ago, I have always publicly praised him for bringing out the best in his players, individually and collectively. He is a man of integrity who takes care of us as if we were family.

“Kenny changed the game here in Northern Ireland because he knows how to get the best out of his players. We qualified for a big tournament because he changed the way we think.

“We look forward to the coming months as we continue to prepare for this summer’s Euros. The National Stadium sell-out was a pivotal moment for the game here in NI, and we as players and staff will continue as a team to grow the game and inspire the next generation of young players and fans.’

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