Hallgrímsson named new Republic of Ireland manager

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Former Iceland boss Heimir Hallgrímsson has been appointed as the new Republic of Ireland manager.

Hallgrímsson's appointment ends the eight-month search for a permanent successor to Stephen Kenny.

Hallgrímsson was joint head coach of his native Iceland side alongside Lars Lagerback when they stunned England to reach the quarter-finals at Euro 2016.

He was then in sole charge when Iceland reached the 2018 World Cup finals and Iceland reached their highest ever Fifa World ranking of 18th during his time at the helm.

Football Association of Ireland director of football Marc Canham said that the governing body had earlier this year identified Hallgrímsson as "our number one candidate".

"Not only does Heimir have significant experience at international level with two different countries, but crucially he also has a track record of qualifying for major international tournaments and taking teams up the Fifa world rankings," added Canham.

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