John O’Shea headhunts Birmingham City coach for Republic of Ireland role

Birmingham City coach Pete Shuttleworth
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Birmingham City coach Pete Shuttleworth has been added to the Republic of Ireland back-room team.

The Blues coach has been brought in by Wayne Rooney’s former assistant John O’Shea who is now Ireland’s interim head coach. The pair worked together at Blues during Rooney’s ill-fated 15-game tenure.

Shuttleworth is in his second spell at Blues having worked under Gary Rowett during his first spell at the club. He followed Rowett to Derby, where he worked under Rooney and would then go to DC United with the former Manchester United striker.

Rooney brought Shuttleworth back to Blues last October and although he took a step back from first team duties when Rowett returned, also as interim, he remains at the club following Chris Davies’ appointment as head coach.

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For now, though, he will be concentrating on Ireland’s next game, which comes away to Portugal on Tuesday, June 11 having come in as a replacement for Martin Doyle.

O’Shea said: “I've worked with Pete before at Birmingham City and always impressed with his skillset so it's great that he has been able to come in for the two matches as part of the backroom team.”

Shuttleworth added: "I've really enjoyed meeting up with the group since Thursday and honoured to be asked to join the backroom team for the two matches. [It’s] Great to link back up with John O'Shea and delighted to be asked to come in. International football presents an exciting challenge and can't wait for the matches."

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