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Worked well: Vinny Perth and Stephen Kenny won plenty at Dundalk

Worked well: Vinny Perth and Stephen Kenny won plenty at Dundalk

Worked well: Vinny Perth and Stephen Kenny won plenty at Dundalk

It's been a rough week for Stephen Kenny, with the loss of Damien Duff and Alan Kelly - and I don't know their reasons - from the Ireland coaching staff.

It's been a rough week for Stephen Kenny, with the loss of Damien Duff and Alan Kelly - and I don't know their reasons - from the Ireland coaching staff.

Now, when it comes to finding two new members of his backroom team, he needs to stop thinking about what people on the outside think and just do it his own way, not just pick someone because they've played for Ireland but to pick the right person for the job, he has to pick someone he knows, who knows him.

Stephen has gone down the route of having internationally-experienced coaches, in Keith Andrews and Damien Duff, but what he's not had is someone he has worked with for a long time, someone he trusts and someone who knows him inside out.

And Vinny Perth could be that person. Vinny has been around the block, he's worked with Stephen and knows how he works. He doesn't have the international experience that everyone is crying out for, but maybe Stephen needs something different. He has had the staff with that high-level international experience and the results haven't come so maybe Stephen needs to do things his own way, with people he knows well, who he trusts.

If you are going to fail in a job, any job, you don't want to go away with regrets about not having the right people around you. Kenny had had success before with Vinny and if this doesn't work out this time, at least he will know he's given it his best shot with the people he wants.

I don't think the players in the squad will have any issue with a staff member. As a player your first questions are what's his background, what's he done in the game? That doubt in a player's mind is natural in any scenario. But there is an opportunity for someone to come in and take Damien's place, to prove themselves to the players.

You can't walk in and think the players will fall at your feet, you need to win them over and win their respect but Stephen Kenny has done it, he has the respect of the players, and someone else, like Vinny Perth, could too.


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