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Kenny believes 'Ireland job is the ultimate honour'


Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny wants the Ireland job

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny wants the Ireland job

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny wants the Ireland job

The FAI will aim to complete talks with Mick McCarthy this weekend in a bid to have him unveiled as Martin O'Neill's successor next week.

And while the association plan to speak to Stephen Kenny, reports indicate that McCarthy has already been selected and it's planned to have him in situ in time for the Euro 2020 draw on Sunday week.

Kenny spoke yesterday for the first time since O'Neill left his post, stating that he would prize the Ireland job above any other post in the game.

He told the Dundalk Democrat: "I don't have a PR strategy. I don't have a dream team. 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 was touted for the job of Ireland U21 manager, a job vacant since Noel King stepped down last month, and the FAI are keen to have that post filled in time for the draw for the U21 Euro qualifiers on December 12th. But the Tallaght native is very unlikely to leave Dundalk, especially as they are back in the Champions League next summer, for the U21 role and while he is ambitious about coaching the senior international team, he's unlikely to get the nod now and the job will go to McCarthy.

The ex-Ipswich manager was listed at 1/10 for the job with one bookmakers yesterday, though that company later stopped taking bets on the manager's job and instead only offered prices on who would be McCarthy's assistant.

Robbie Keane is expected to take up some role in the FAI but he's not expected to get the assistant manager's job as he doesn't have a pro-licence qualification and McCarthy may instead turn to Steven Reid or Lee Carsley as his No. 2.

Chris Hughton has already ruled himself out of contention.