Former Reading defender and coach, John O'Shea, has been given the opportunity to manage the Republic of Ireland on an interim basis.

The 42-year-old Manchester United legend, who earned 118 caps for his country, ended his playing career in Berkshire and made 11 appearances in the 2018/19 campaign.

He then made his first foray into coaching with the Royals, spending two years on the staff with the club before leaving in 2021.

A five-time Premier League winner, as well as Champions League winner, O'Shea has spent time with Stoke City and Birmingham City, as well as assisting in the youth set-up for his nation.

Stephen Kenny left his post in November, and the FAI are taking their time to find a permanent replacement.

O'Shea, and former Crystal Palace defender Paddy McCarthy, will take charge of friendlies against Belgium and Switzerland in March, while the FAI have stated that a permanent boss will be announced in April.

O’Shea said: "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.

"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 the Under-21s.

"It’s great that Paddy has agreed to come on board for the two matches and work will begin straight away to prepare for two top-quality fixtures against great opposition in Belgium and Switzerland, in front of our fantastic home support.

“I've got great belief in this group of players to win football matches and looking forward to some positive results."