Stephen Kenny Reign

Kenny did his best. Can go out with his head held high. A lot of the problem is not of his making but he patently wasn't up to it. Probably got one campaign more than he should have as he had an extremely sympathetic press among some of the more influentual elements, and for many people acknowledging it wasn't working out was tantamount to men admitting they were wrong on the INTERNET and that can't happen.

Some of the football at times was okay even up to the end, but over the years our best goal threats have still been set pieces and defensively we've continued to concede the same goals over and over again. You look at how countries with similar talent pools to us have racked up points in these qualifiers and there's no standing over our record. Albania, Macedonia, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Kosovo, Georgia and Moldova all outperformed us some by miles.

I hope Stephen gets a decent job in football. I see a lot of people saying he was the cheap option but he was earning more than a lot of his peers, that said he's not in a position where he won't need to work again. Sure he could do a job for some club in England or Scotland.

All technically better than us too. It's hard to think of any nation that isn't, bar the minnows of Gibraltar, San Marino, Andorra. Stephen Kenny wasn't going to do that.

Breaking; just gone bang.
 
Stephen Kenny to leave job as Ireland manager, FAI confirm

After a review of the Euro 2024 campaign which saw Ireland record six defeats, his contract was not renewed

Wed Nov 22 2023 - 18:59

The FAI have parted company with Stephen Kenny after three-and-a-half years as the Republic of Ireland manager.

“Following a meeting this evening and a presentation to the board by CEO Jonathan Hill and director of football Marc Canham, the FAI board has decided that Stephen Kenny’s contract will not be renewed following the conclusion of the Euro 2024 qualification process,” read an FAI statement.

“Having reviewed the qualification campaign in its entirety, and recognising how difficult the group was, the results needed to realise our goal of qualification for the tournament were not achieved.

“The board agrees that now is the right time for change ahead of the friendly matches in March and June 2024 and the next Nations League campaign starting in September 2024.”


Hill said, “Over the period of his tenure, Stephen and his staff have worked tirelessly to create the right environment to support the development of our senior men’s team, and we are hugely grateful for that considerable contribution.

“Stephen has also overseen an important period of transition for our senior men’s national team and has given debuts to a significant number of new and younger players and this will serve as a solid platform for whoever now takes this group of players forward.”

FAI president Gerry McAnaney added, “The Board and all at the FAI would like to sincerely thank Stephen and his staff for their hard work, professionalism and unwavering dedication to the team, the fans, and to Irish football. We wish Stephen every success for the future.”

After the draw against New Zealand on Tuesday night, Stephen Kenny conceded he was unlikely to be offered a new contract to continue as manager, although he added that it would be his ambition to remain at the helm.
 
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Anyone who backed this appointment from the start, with some misguided romantic notions, and then pathetically buried their heads in sand when it was very quickly & patently obvious the man was dreaming deserves a kick in the h**e.

Ranked 34th when he took over, ranked 55th now - first time in 10 years outside the Top 50, implications obviously huge going forward.
 
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Anyone who backed this appointment from the start, with some misguided romantic notions, and then pathetically buried their heads in sand when it was very quickly & patently obvious the man was dreaming deserves a kick in the h**e.

Ranked 34th when he took over, ranked 55th now - first time in 10 years outside the Top 50, implications obviously huge going forward.
Worst manager in our history. Good riddence.
 
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