Stephen Kenny takes up Ireland job with immediate effect

Ross Houston
April 6, 2020

The Football Association of Ireland have this afternoon confirmed the appointment of coaches Keith Andrews, Damien Duff and Alan Kelly to Stephen Kenny's backroom team with the Senior Men's global team, while Jim Crawford has been promoted to manager of the Ireland Under-21 side and will be assisted by John O'Shea. He came to Celtic only recently and started down at reserve level.

"Keith and Damien served Ireland so well as players and their experience will be such an addition to our senior squad's support team".

Although the FAI have thanked McCarthy for his understanding, the veteran manager will be extremely disappointed not have be allowed a shot at qualifying for a second major tournament having already led Ireland to the 2002 World Cup. He will be assisted by John O'Shea who is now a coach with Reading.


"Alan knows global football inside and was part of the squad at two World Cup finals".

"Everyone at the FAI is delighted with Jim's promotion to manager from assistant also and he has a great number two now in John O'Shea as he takes the next step on his coaching career", added Owens.

Be it through the circumstances in which he has taken on the role or the manner of his first "press conference" as Republic of Ireland boss, nothing of the last 24-hours can be regarded as usual for Stephen Kenny.


Mick McCarthy's second reign as Ireland manager has ended, with Stephen Kenny announced as his replacement.

The former Derry City and Dundalk boss, will now be in charge of the team for their Euro 2020 playoff semi-final away to Slovakia this autumn.

However, with much uncertainty hanging over when the Boys in Green will play their qualifier play-off semi-final against Slovakia, after the Euros were deferred for a year in light of Covid-19's outbreak, Kenny has now been installed with his contract to run until the 2024 World Cup. "It's only right and fair that Stephen gets his chance on August 1st".


"It's a good day for me but we're not in celebratory mode", he said.

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