Ireland defender Diane Caldwell has criticized their former coach Vera Pauw, stating that the group reached the Women’s Globe Cup “in spite” of her leadership. Caldwell believes that Pauw’s inadequate preparations prevented the players from providing their greatest efficiency. In spite of top Ireland to their initially significant tournament, Pauw’s contract was not renewed by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) following a critique of the team’s efficiency.
Caldwell expressed disappointment with the lack of international typical preparation, such as physical preparation, opponent evaluation, match techniques, and in-game tactics. She revealed that the players had requested Pauw to professionalize numerous elements of their preparations.
Pauw, who has now been replaced by interim coach Eileen Gleeson, claimed that her position was undermined by FAI executives through the Globe Cup. She also pointed out that the FAI’s perception of her changed following allegations published by The Athletic in July, which accused her of “abusive and inappropriate” behavior through her time as manager of Houston Dash in the American leading-flight NWSL. On the other hand, Pauw denied these allegations.