Phil Babb: Hayes and Yeading boss departs by mutual consent

Phil Babb
Phil Babb made 35 international appearances for the Republic of Ireland, and was part of their 1994 World Cup squad

Former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender Phil Babb has left his managerial role at Conference South team Hayes & Yeading by mutual consent.

The 44-year-old departs after almost two years in charge, with the team just one place above the relegation zone following defeat by Gosport Borough.

It was Babb's first managerial job since he retired as a player in 2004.

"Sometimes things don't work out and changes need to be made," chairman Tony O'Driscoll told the club website.external-link

"It's not been an easy management baptism for Phil, with all the stuff going on in the background at the club and we wish him all the best in his future aspirations."

Babb enjoyed a 15-year playing career including spells at Liverpool, Sporting Lisbon, Coventry and Sunderland.

He played a total of 409 professional matches, won 35 international caps and appeared in the 1994 World Cup.

Since retiring to pursue a career in business, he qualified as a UEFA 'B' licensed coach although he had no coaching experience prior to his appointment as Hayes & Yeading boss.