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Lee Carsley has rejected Ireland job – reports |



In a massive blow to the FAI, top candidate for the Republic of Ireland managerial role Lee Carsley has rejected an offer, according to reports.

Carsley had been the first choice to succeed Stephen Kenny to start the rebuild after a difficult three years for Irish football.

According to reports in the UK, Carsley will remain in his role as England Under-21 manager.

The first to report the story was the Daily Mail. The publication said Carsley hopes to be in contention for the England senior job when Gareth Southgate’s reign ends, most likely after the 2024 European Championship.

Carsley represented Ireland on 40 occasions during his playing career. He is a highly rated coach, and won the Under-21 European Championship with England in 2023.

Reports on Wednesday claimed Carsley was set to accept the Ireland job, but he appears to have had a change of heart.

The FA had been reluctant to part ways with the 49-year-old, who they rate highly.

Another favourite for the Ireland job is Chris Hughton. The former Ireland assistant and Newcastle manager is available after he was recently sacked by Ghana following their exit from the Africa Cup of Nations.

However, it is not known whether that will impact his chances with Ireland.

Other candidates include former Celtic manager Neil Lennon and Manchester United legend and former Ireland captain Roy Keane.

Speaking on the Stick to Football podcast this week, Keane, who was Ireland assistant under Martin O’Neill, said he would be interested in being the next Ireland manager.

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