Former Iceland boss appointed as new manager of Republic of Ireland

He replaces interim manager John O’Shea, who has been in charge since Stephen Kenny’s departure in November last year.

Former Iceland boss Heimir Hallgrimsson appointed as new manager of Republic of Ireland SNS Group

Heimir Hallgrimsson has been appointed as the new head coach of the Republic of Ireland.

He replaces interim manager John O’Shea, who has been in charge since Stephen Kenny’s departure in November last year.

Hallgrimsson has previously managed Iceland and Jamaica and will take charge of his first competitive game when Ireland face England in the Nations League in September.

Speaking about his appointment, Hallgrimsson, who was joint Iceland coach with Lars Lagerback when they stunned England at Euro 2016, said: “It is an honour to be appointed head coach of the Ireland Senior Men’s National Team.

“Ireland is rightly a proud footballing nation which has consistently produced talented players and enjoyed many memorable moments at major international tournaments.

“We have a young and exciting team that has genuine potential. I am looking forward to working closely with the players to help coach and guide them towards improved performances and results ensuring we qualify and compete at major tournaments on a regular basis.”

He added: “We have important and exciting games coming up in the UEFA Nations League later this year and a massive FIFA World Cup qualification campaign coming up next year.

“Finally, I am also looking forward to getting to know the people of Ireland and in particular the wonderful fans of Irish football.

“It is my responsibility to coach, prepare and develop our team as best as possible to deliver results on the pitch and to make our supporters happy and proud.”

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