John O'Shea to remain as inter...


John O'Shea to remain as interim head coach for June friendlies

Ruairi O'Hagan
Ruairi O'Hagan

10:54 26 Apr 2024

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John O'Shea's run as interim Republic of Ireland head coach is set to continue.

The FAI released a statement this morning saying that the former Manchester United midfielder will lead the side for the friendly games with Hungary and Portugal.

O'Shea's backroom team of Paddy McCarthy, Glenn Whelan, and Rene Gilmartin as well as analyst Stephen Rice and athletic performance coach Damien Doyle also remain in place, however Brian Kerr is unable to link up with the squad due to prior commitments.

O'Shea had taken charge of the friendlies with Belgium and Switzerland last month as the FAI's search for a permanent successor to Stephen Kenny continues.

The Boys in Green face Hungary at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday June 4th, before an away game in Portugal seven days later.

"I'm looking forward to continuing as Interim Head Coach for two great games in June against Hungary and Portugal," said O'Shea.

"Both matches represent great challenges but I was really happy with what I saw from the players in both matches in March and we'll be looking to build on some of those positives in June, but also, get that win which I thought the group deserved.

"I have been in contact with Marc Canham since the March fixtures and last week, he asked me about stepping in again and as I said before, it is always an honour to represent your country so delighted to continue as Interim Head Coach for June and the work will begin straight away. Also, great to confirm the coaching and performance team will remain for the June fixtures which is great for continuity with the players and staff.

"We will be missing Brian for the two matches in June unfortunately due to commitments elsewhere. He was a fantastic influence in the March window, we will miss his input and expertise for the two matches, and I'd like to thank him for his efforts."


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