'It's in writing' – Stephen Kenny confirms he will replace McCarthy after Euro 2020 – no matter what



[ad_1]


Newly appointed Republic of Ireland U21 manager Stephen Kenny during a press conference at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy / Sports File
Newly appointed Republic of Ireland U21 manager Stephen Kenny during a press conference at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy / Sports File

David Kelly

Stephen Kenny has confirmed that there are no circumstances under which he will not succeed Mick McCarthy as Ireland senior team manager in August 2020.

"Decisions have already been made," confirmed Kenny of the FAI plan to install him as manager in 2020.

"In August 2020, it was decided, in writing.

"I'm happy with the arrangement, happy with it. I hope to do justice.

"If Mick gets Ireland to the Euros and does well, I'll be delighted and then take over a confident team.

"It would be great for him, his stock would be high, and great for the country. It would only be good news. "

Kenny admits that he has no qualms taking on a role with the FAI that he had reportedly refused to accept only a few days earlier.

"I was not offered the senior job, it's a hypothetical question about whether I was offered the Under 21 job. There had been some discussions. We are where we are now and I am comfortable with this.

"This is the position I've been offered and I'm very happy to be offered it. It's a privilege. "

Kenny does not feel he will have any difficulties working with the FAI or the new senior manager.

"I met up with Robbie Keane and Mick McCarthy last night and it was all fine. I did not meet Mick in 15 years but I think I can only learn from him in the intervening period.

"There is some great work going into our under-age teams and I am now part of the FAI's vision for that.

"My relationship with the FAI has always been good I feel, it has never been faked. I've been officially never working here, although I was part of a U16 team that went to Israel for a few weeks ago. "

Kenny admitted that leaving double winners Dundalk, who are seeded in the next season's Champions League qualifiers, was the most difficult part of the week.

"It's a real wrench to leave Dundalk, they were a special group to work with and there was a unique bond between the club, the supporters and the town and I would have been reluctant to leave unless it was something special.

"But this is a special opportunity and I could not turn it down."

Online Editors

[ad_2]
Source link