O'Shea becomes Republic of Ireland boss

Wednesday 28 February 2024 13:51

Manchester United legend John O’Shea has been named as the Republic of Ireland head coach on an interim basis.

The former defender, who played 393 games in a 12-year career with the Reds, will take the reigns for his country's upcoming friendlies against Belgium and Switzerland. 

O’Shea’s temporary appointment will see him hold the position until April, when the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) expects to fill the role on a more permanent basis. 

As a player, he earned 118 caps for his homeland, ranking him third on their all-time list of appearances. 

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“I’m delighted to return to the senior men’s coaching staff as Interim Head Coach for the two international friendlies against Belgium and Switzerland,” he told the FAI website.

“It will be an incredible honour to lead the side into the March international window. 

“As everyone will know, I’ve always had immense pride representing my country, whether that be during my playing career or very recently, as part of the coaching staff for the men’s senior team and Under-21s.”
Crystal Palace's current assistant coach Paddy McCarthy will stand alongside the 42-year-old as his right-hand man across both fixtures. 

“I’ve got great belief in this group of players to win football matches and looking forward to some positive results,” O'Shea added. 

Best of luck for the upcoming friendlies, Sheasy!