Lee Carsley looks likely to succeed Aidy Boothroyd as England Under-21 manager after the Football Association identified the former Republic of Ireland midfielder as their preferred candidate.
Carsley, who has made over 150 appearances for Everton and has also played for Derby, Blackburn, Coventry and Birmingham, is currently England’s Under-20 coach having also been an assistant under Boothroyd at various youth levels, including including those under 21.
It is understood that the FA interviewed several candidates for the post, including former England defender Sol Campbell, along with Swansea manager Steve Cooper, – who led an Under-17 team that pitched Phil Foden to glory of the World Cup in 2017 – also taken into account. But with Carsley having held several positions at St George’s Park since 2015 after moving there permanently from Manchester City Academy in 2017, he was seen as the outstanding candidate to replace Boothroyd after the disappointment of failing to qualify again for their group at the European Championship. finals in March.
It was the second tournament in a row in which England had failed to live up to their reputation as favorites, having also crashed in the group stage in 2019 after the race to the semi-finals two years earlier. under Boothroyd.
Carsley was born in Birmingham and went through the Derby youth squad before going to represent Ireland after qualifying thanks to his grandmother. He has been an interim manager at Coventry, Brentford and Birmingham and is expected to be awarded a two-year contract by the FA.