Thursday 8 December 2016

Stephen Kenny: It would have been embarrassing to play Manchester United at the Aviva

Published 27/08/2016 | 10:09

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny after the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game between Wexford Youths and Dundalk at Ferrycarrig Park in Wexford. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny after the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game between Wexford Youths and Dundalk at Ferrycarrig Park in Wexford. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Stephen Kenny says he’s happy that his Dundalk side missed out on a meeting with Manchester United in the Europa League because it would have been “embarrassing” for his side to play in a game in Ireland where the majority of the supporters were backing the away team.

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But Dundalk have already been angered by an official tweet from top Russian side Zenit St Petersburg, which included an image (inset) of a leprechaun from The Simpsons just after the club was drawn against Dundalk.

They are also pleading for help from the FAI to complete a fixture list which sees Dundalk play 17 games in 62 days, their season now extending into December.

Some fans had hoped that Dundalk would be paired with the Red Devils but Kenny’s relieved that did not happen.

“I know people were wondering about drawing Manchester United but that’s not a game I would have particularly wanted, personally,” he said. “I think it would have been embarrassed playing in Lansdowne Road with more people there supporting an English team than ourselves.

“I would have found that difficult to comprehend. But these are great football matches against teams with great pedigrees,” added Kenny, fearful of the burden of so many games.

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