, 42-year-old takes interim management role after Birmingham City exit in January

42-year-old takes interim management role after Birmingham City exit in January

Birmingham City saw assistant manager John O’Shea depart in January and now, he has been named as caretaker boss of the Republic of Ireland national side.

Birmingham City backed Wayne Rooney with his own backroom team when bringing him in to replace John Eustace in October. As has been widely covered though, the former Derby County boss failed to inspire at St. Andrew’s and ultimately lost his job in January.

Some of his backroom staff have remained with the Blues though. For one, Ashley Cole is still in the coaching setup.

However, after a game under caretaker boss Steve Spooner and one under Tony Mowbray, Irishman O’Shea left his role as assistant manager.

Now though, the 42-year-old is back in the dugout in an eye-catching role. As announced on Wednesday afternoon, O’Shea has been named as caretaker boss of the Republic of Ireland national team. He will lead his country for international friendlies against Belgium and Switzerland in March, while a permanent appointment will be made in April.

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Back in the dugout

Albeit only for two games, the appointment marks a quick return to the dugout for O’Shea. And, it makes for his first opportunity to be no.1 after previously only working in assistant manager roles.

Since retiring at Reading in 2019, O’Shea has been a regular on Championship touchlines. He took up a coaching role with the Royals and worked for Veljko Paunovic, Mark Bowen and Jose Gomes while also working as assistant manager of Ireland’s U21s.

He then joined the backroom staff at Stoke City, spending a year there before linking up with ex-Manchester United teammate Rooney at Birmingham City. While only on a temporary basis, O’Shea will be keen to impress at the Ireland helm as his coaching career continues to progress.

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