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Kenny goes on making changes to staff


CHANGE: Stephen Kenny. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

CHANGE: Stephen Kenny. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

CHANGE: Stephen Kenny. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Stephen Kenny's commitment to a fresh start with his backroom staff has resulted in four more departures with long-serving physios Ciarán Murray and Tony McCarthy on the way out.

Senior chartered physiotherapist Murray has been involved with the Irish set-up since the start of Mick McCarthy's first reign, while ex-League of Ireland player McCarthy served as senior osteopath for 12 years dating back to Giovanni Trapattoni's arrival.

Chartered physios Colin Dunlevy and Pádraig Doherty are also leaving the stage with Kenny reviewing every area of the team and bringing in his own people - something that the former Dundalk manager was always determined to do.

Clones native Murray told the FAI website he would take away special memories from his 24-year stint.

"I've been trying to estimate how many Ireland games I have had the privilege of being involved with since my debut at the 1996 US Cup and it has to be close to 300 matches," he said.

"Over those years I have worked with great players, great managers and great colleagues on the backroom teams. Stephen Kenny is setting off on his own journey now with the senior Ireland squad and, as I said to him when we spoke, I wish him, his players and his staff the very best of luck.

"I will be supporting them from the stands and, hopefully, at the Euro finals in Dublin next year."

McCarthy - who is a valued member of the Shamrock Rovers operation - said he was contacted by Kenny last week.

"I spoke to Stephen (Kenny) when he was kind enough to ring and let me know personally that he is bringing his own staff with him," he said. "As I said to him then, I will be supporting him all the way. Stephen is a top manager and a great guy and I will be shouting for Ireland in every game in the future.


"It has been a privilege and an honour to look after great players like Robbie Keane, Damien Duff and Jon Walters initially and then Seamus Coleman, Robbie Brady and James McClean more recently, to name just some of the players I have worked with."

Dunlevy and Doherty both had stints with Irishy underage sides before graduating to senior involvement.

Kenny is working towards filling the vacancies and will largely lean on individuals he has encountered along his journey.

Kitmen Dick Redmond and Mick Lawlor will also be absent when the squad next reports for duty, with Kenny's long-term colleague Fergus McNally set for a role.

Today's UEFA information session may not shed much light on Ireland's autumn schedule, but the idea of the Euro play-off semi-finals and final taking place in the same week is now a long shot.