Next Republic of Ireland manager betting odds: Lee Carsley joins race-leading trio

Current England U-21 coach Lee Carsley has turned down the opportunity to become the next manager of the Republic of Ireland, making the next Republic of Ireland manager betting odds quite intriguing. In the interim, John O'Shea will step in as the manager for the upcoming friendly matches against Belgium and Switzerland.

The Republic of Ireland struggled in their EURO Qualifiers, only managing to secure six points. Now, they are looking to qualify for the World Cup, but first, they need to address their vacant managerial position.

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has announced that the permanent role will be filled in April, in time for the June friendlies against Hungary and Portugal. Lee Carsley, who currently coaches England Under-21, was initially considered the top candidate. However, negotiations hit a snag, and Carsley is now focused on preparing the England U-21 team for upcoming matches against Azerbaijan and Luxembourg as they start their European title defence.

These upcoming matches will serve as preparation for Ireland's Nations League campaign later in the year, including high-stakes clashes against England. After that, the focus will shift towards qualifying for the 2026 World Cup.

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Next Republic of Ireland manager betting odds – The contenders

O'Shea was recently appointed as the interim manager for the Republic of Ireland, stepping in for friendlies against Belgium and Switzerland on March 23rd and 26th. The former Manchester United defender took on this role after leaving his assistant position at Birmingham City following Wayne Rooney's departure.

Joining O'Shea's management team for these games will be former Republic manager Brian Kerr. Additionally, O'Shea will have support from Crystal Palace coach Paddy McCarthy during the upcoming matches against Belgium and Switzerland.

The Football Association of Ireland intends to announce a permanent successor to Stephen Kenny, the former manager, in early April.

Gus Poyet being the number one contender – Photo by Icon Sport

Gus Poyet (6/4 – favourite)

Gus Poyet has once again expressed interest in the Ireland manager position, stating that he will step down as Greece manager after the March playoff for Euro 2024, regardless of the outcome. Despite the Greeks securing a playoff spot for the Euros, Poyet has reiterated his desire to leave and pursue the Ireland job.

The former Sunderland manager previously mentioned his interest in leading the Ireland national team, citing the positive “atmosphere” around the team. With a contract situation brewing with his current employers, Poyet has reaffirmed his willingness to consider a move to Ireland.

Willy Sagnol is linked with becoming Republic of Ireland manager – Photo by Icon Sport

Willy Sagnol (9/4)

Georgia manager Willy Sagnol has emerged as a top contender for the Ireland manager position, with his extensive coaching experience at Bayern Munich and the French underage teams adding to his credentials. Despite rumours linking him to the role, Sagnol's representatives have clarified that they have not been contacted by the FAI regarding the position.

Sagnol's current focus is on leading Georgia in the EURO 2024 playoffs, where they aim to secure their first-ever qualification to a major tournament. With upcoming matches against Luxembourg and potentially Greece or Kazakhstan, Sagnol's managerial prowess could play a crucial role in Georgia's quest for success.

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Lee Carsley (6)

Carsley is still considered a strong contender for the Republic of Ireland manager position, despite rejecting an offer earlier. His extensive experience as a player and potential as a manager make him an attractive prospect for the role.

The FAI's delay in appointing Kenny's successor until early April has provided Carsley with additional time to weigh his options and potentially reconsider the offer with the right conditions.


Jay is a soccer analyst from Canada with an in-depth knowledge of key betting markets and an appreciation of soccer history.