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    Posted: 04 Apr 2020 at 4:05pm
Official announcement now released. 

FAI thank Mick McCarthy as Stephen Kenny takes up Ireland job

The Football Association of Ireland announces that Mick McCarthy is to be succeeded as national team manager by Stephen Kenny with immediate effect. The handover has been agreed with both men in light of the delay to the European Championship play-offs caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mick McCarthy’s contract was due to expire on July 31st after the Euro 2020 finals, with Stephen initially scheduled to step up from his Under 21 team role on August 1st. This move allows Stephen Kenny time to plan for the European Championship play-off semi-final against Slovakia later in the year.

Interim FAI C.E.O. Gary Owens said: “This has been a difficult situation for the Association - and for Mick and Stephen in particular - in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and the effect it has had on the football calendar.

“On behalf of President Gerry McAnaney, the Board of the FAI and myself, I want to thank both men for their professionalism and their understanding in their dealings with the Association in these unprecedented circumstances. These are exceptional times in Irish life and Mick has taken that into account in agreeing to vacate the post early.

“On behalf of the FAI, I wish to express our gratitude to Mick for his service and commitment to our national team throughout his career and particularly in his second spell as Ireland manager. We wish Mick and his staff well and we thank them all for their hard work in this European Championship campaign to date.

“Stephen will now begin his planning for the play-off against Slovakia and everyone at the FAI wishes him well in our bid to qualify for Euro 2020. Football will be back and we have so much to look forward to now in the autumn with the Nations League and the Euro 2020 play-off, followed by the World Cup qualifiers in early 2021.”

 



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Can't see that going down too well with the squad.

I really hope now the playoffs aren't in September, Kenny needs a few friendlies / nations league games. His first game as big as a playoff is madness 
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No problem with this, even though I like Mick I don't think he offered us value for money. I really would hope Mick gets a decent job in football and definitely would do a decent job for someone in the championship. Time to look forward to the Stephen Kenny era now with a few posts remaining to be filled like Stephen's backroom team and who gets the u21 gigg. What happens to Robbie Keane with his role now?

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Originally posted by wanderer wanderer wrote:

Can't see that going down too well with the squad.

I really hope now the playoffs aren't in September, Kenny needs a few friendlies / nations league games. His first game as big as a playoff is madness 
Why wouldn’t it go down well with the squad?

Do we even need a manager? We will just draw 1-1 anyway, may as well save the money.
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Originally posted by wanderer wanderer wrote:

Can't see that going down too well with the squad.

I really hope now the playoffs aren't in September, Kenny needs a few friendlies / nations league games. His first game as big as a playoff is madness 
All it takes is Stephen to bring in 4 or 5 players to the squad that will be HIS players and the squad won't be long gelling.
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All he needs now is to find them!
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Correct decision.  

These playoffs were nothing to do with Mick and his reign will unfortunately be remembered for his approach to the latter games in the group,  especially Georgia away.

I see no way that we would have qualified for the Euros with Mick in charge, and while Kenny might not get us there, I'd rather start the process with Kenny rather than delay for a year.
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All he needs now is to find them!

Well I'll bet my house that Molumby starts in Slovakia. So there's one. 
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Can't see how this could have gone any other way, it was in the contracted terms so there was no way around it. Tough situation for Kenny to come into to, and a disappointing way for Mick to bow it, but it's nevertheless a change in approach that we've been in need of for years now.
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Given the current events and the FAI's already precarious finances, they couldnt justify paying two men for another 12 months. Nothing else would have come in to it
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Originally posted by Banjaxed Banjaxed wrote:

Originally posted by pre Madonna pre Madonna wrote:

All he needs now is to find them!

Well I'll bet my house that Molumby starts in Slovakia. So there's one. 
He won't even need to start them, just call up Knight, Parrott, Molumby and Idah for argument's sake while it initially might create a clique it will prevent more senior players being disrespectful towards Kenny.
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Suspect FAI had little option from a legal point of view given the 1st August is specifically stated in Kenny's contract 
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Originally posted by kevincronin2000 kevincronin2000 wrote:

Originally posted by Banjaxed Banjaxed wrote:

Originally posted by pre Madonna pre Madonna wrote:

All he needs now is to find them!

Well I'll bet my house that Molumby starts in Slovakia. So there's one. 
He won't even need to start them, just call up Knight, Parrott, Molumby and Idah for argument's sake while it initially might create a clique it will prevent more senior players being disrespectful towards Kenny.

I'd imagine Molumby and Connolly would be good shouts to go straight into the team, with the likes of O'Shea, Idah/Parrott/Obafemi, and Knight all coming into the squad.
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There was no way Mick would have beaten 2 sides away in the playoffs.

Kenny will bring in a much more positive approach and will actually try and win games. Delighted his tenure is over, that campaign was so uninspiring.
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Contracts were signed with specific dates on them regarding succession. This was always going to be the outcome.
Its a tough way for Mick to finish up but that's the way the cookie crumbles unfortunately. 
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Originally posted by wanderer wanderer wrote:

Can't see that going down too well with the squad.

I really hope now the playoffs aren't in September, Kenny needs a few friendlies / nations league games. His first game as big as a playoff is madness 

Don't see it having much affect on the players sure some of them might not even be in Kenny's plans anyway. 

For once the fai has done the right thing in terms of the future any other action would of cause both more financial strain on the organisation and possibly legal action also seeing as how Kenny's contract as senior manager was to commence August 1st going on media reports
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