Lee Carsley to be named England U21 boss as FA ends search for Aidy Boothroyd successor
Lee Carsley will be named England Under-21 boss after the FA finally ended their search for Aidy Boothroyd’s successor by offering the former Everton midfielder a two-year contract
- FA set to name Lee Carsley as new England Under-21 manager
- Carsley has been offered a two-year contract to succeed Aidy Boothroyd
- The 47-year-old’s first game in charge will be against Romania on September 3
Lee Carsley has been offered the post of England Under-21 manager with the FA confirming his appointment imminently.
The former Republic of Ireland international has become the FA’s preferred candidate to replace Aidy Boothroyd and will be awarded a two-year contract starting with the European Championship qualifiers against Romania in Bucharest in September.
Carsley is currently England Under-20’s head coach but is a relatively recent arrival at St George’s Park having only been nominated last year, a period in which he made a strong impression on the FA Senior Coaching Team and Gareth Southgate.
FA set to appoint former Everton midfielder Lee Carsley as new England U21 manager
The former Everton and Derby midfielder has spent most of his coaching career working with junior teams in Brentford, Manchester City and Birmingham, and has been identified as the perfect man to keep shooting the best of the exceptional crop of young English players.
The Under-21 post will be Carsley’s first permanent managerial post, although he previously held the interim chief position in Coventry, Brentford and Birmingham for three brief periods.
Despite being an internal appointment, the 47-year-old came out of a strong recruiting process led by the FA in consultation with headhunting firm Nolan Partners.
Former England defender Sol Campbell and England Under-19 coach Justin Cochrane were among the candidates interviewed, while Swansea manager Steve Cooper and Derby assistant coach Liam Rosenior were also surveyed.
Carsley is regarded by the FA as an exceptional coach who will help the Under-21s qualify for major tournaments as well as promote players to the senior Southgate squad.
The FA opted not to renew Boothroyd’s contract this summer after the Under-21s fell during the European Championship group stage in March, the second tournament in a row in which he failed to make it through. bring England to the round of 16.
Aidy Boothroyd was the England U21 head coach between 2016 and 2021