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November 18, 2013
Riley told he is out of running for English women's job

Paul Riley has been told he will not be English women's national coach.
Paul Riley has been told he will not be English women's national coach.
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By Michael Lewis Editor

Paul Riley is out of the running for the English national women's coaching job.

The former Philadelphia Independence coach and Women's Professional Soccer coach of the year was told by the English Football Association was not in consideration for the job.

A disappointed Riley confirmed the news in an email, but could not be reached for further comment by Monday night. Riley, a Liverpool native, has forged a national reputation of developing female talent.

He was among three American candidates who are not being considered -- former USA women's national coach Tony DiCicco and U.S. national women's development director Jillian Ellis.

Riley, the director of football for the Albertson Soccer Club, had flown to England for an interview last month and was told it went well. According to the Daily Telegraph, Riley was told that he would not get the position because he did not have a UEFA A license.

Its very disappointing and a bit strange because they must have known prior to my interview, which Trevor Brooking [FA director of football] told me went very well, that I didnt have the license just like 99.9 per cent of coaches in America, Riley told the newspaper.

The Telegraph said that the English FA had talked to DiCicco and Ellis.

I had preliminary discussions but Im no longer involved, Ellis was quoted by the newspaper.

I had a good talk with Trevor Brooking but, based on their direction and what theyre looking for, Ive pulled my name from consideration, DiCicco told the Telegraph.

The Telegraph reported that Bristol Academy's Mark Sampson joined Brent Hill on the short list.

Riley was an All-American at Adelphi University, was one of the leading amateur and semi-pro players in the area and captained the Long Island Rough Riders to the 1995 U.S. Interregional Soccer League title and played in the old A-League for the Albany Capitals.

As a coach, Riley guided the Rough Riders to the 2002 U.S. Pro League crown, coached some 50 youth teams to Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association State Cups, mostly with the Albertson Fury, and directed the Long Island Fury to the Women's Premier Soccer League title in 2006 and 2009.
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