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Kenny would be 'honoured' to succeed Martin O'Neill

Kenny would be 'honoured' to succeed Martin O'Neill

Kenny would be 'honoured' to succeed Martin O'Neill

Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny has said he would consider it the "ultimate honour" to lead the Boys In Green.

Along with Mick McCarthy, the Lilywhites gaffer is one of the bookies' favourites to replace Martin O'Neill as Ireland manager.

He is up against five other potential contenders, including former Real Madrid manager and Manchester United coach Carlos Queiroz and former England managers Sven-Goran Eriksson and Sam Allardyce.

Speaking at a presentation in Dundalk, the 47-year-old said he had no "PR strategy" to secure the holy grail of jobs.

"I don't have a dream team. I think ultimately I'm a football coach and I have great respect for all the players at Dundalk and for everyone connected to the club.

"I think managing your country is the ultimate honour. If you offered me the job of managing Real Madrid or Barcelona or Ireland, I would choose to manage Ireland, because it's the greatest honour you can have as an Irishman."

Kenny's experience of the Irish league and his familiarity with the structure of the game would be a huge plus, yet McCarthy boasts top level experience in English club management and on the international stage as he pushes to return to the post.

Interest

Meanwhile, former England manager Sam Allardyce announced his interest in succeeding O'Neill.

After Brighton boss Chris Hughton ruled himself out of the running, ex-Limerick boss Allardyce let it be known that he would like to be considered by FAI officials for their top coaching job.

Allardyce has been out of work since he was sacked by Everton at the end of last season.

He has expressed a desire to have a second shot at international management after his spell with England came to an abrupt end in 2016 when he was caught out in a newspaper sting.

"International football is completely different from Premier League football," he said last year.

"Having worked at seven clubs and kept four of them up after coming in midway through the season, what more can I achieve?

"Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal aren't going to come for me, so maybe international football would be a challenge I'd be willing to take.

"It would depend on the opportunity and how successful that international team can be."


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