John O'Shea appointed Ireland Assistant Coach
The former Republic of Ireland international who won 118 caps in his career, the third-highest on the all-time list, has been appointed to the Ireland senior coaching staff as Assistant Coach to Stephen Kenny following his time with the Republic of Ireland Under-21s team.
O'Shea joined the Ireland U-21 coaching set-up in April 2020 and recently completed his UEFA Pro Licence with the FAI in December 2022, and is currently working through his UEFA MIP qualification.
O'Shea, who currently works for Stoke City as a first-team coach, will link up with the Ireland coaching set-up during international breaks, beginning in March for the start of the UEFA EURO 2024 campaign.
"We're delighted to welcome John to the senior international coaching team," said Stephen Kenny.
"John had a brilliant career playing for Ireland right through from U15 to earning 118 caps for his country. Following that, he has committed himself to a career in coaching, working with both Reading and Stoke City for almost four years now.
"He has also combined that with a full campaign with the Ireland U-21s team under Jim Crawford and I have watched his progress closely as he made a positive contribution throughout his time with the team. John will now make the transition into the senior coaching team where he knows the team well and we look forward to John joining our staff for the Latvia and France matches in March."
"I'm delighted to join the Ireland senior international team coaching staff and looking forward to working with Stephen and the rest of the backroom team when the campaign begins in March," said John O'Shea.
"It was always an honour to play for my country and put on the green shirt so to join the coaching staff and work with the current group of players and staff is an amazing opportunity for me.
"I'd like to thank Jim Crawford and the Ireland U-21 backroom team who've been fantastic to work with over the last few years and wish them every success after such a strong qualification campaign last year.
"We've got a really exciting group of players, a good mix of youth and experience, and some fantastic fixtures to look forward to this year so I can't wait for it to begin and to get to work with the squad and staff."