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Quiet man Stephen Kenny has sparked an uncivil war in Irish football

Eamonn Sweeney


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The sceptics scoff at the manager’s lack of polish in his ‘car crash interviews’ while the true believers say this just shows his authenticity. Picture by Stephen McCarthy

The sceptics scoff at the manager’s lack of polish in his ‘car crash interviews’ while the true believers say this just shows his authenticity. Picture by Stephen McCarthy

The sceptics scoff at the manager’s lack of polish in his ‘car crash interviews’ while the true believers say this just shows his authenticity. Picture by Stephen McCarthy

Stephen Kenny is the most polarising figure in Irish soccer since Roy Keane hung up his boots. John Delaney may have been more controversial, but the public verdict on his merits was pretty unanimous. Kenny cheerleaders and sceptics, on the other hand, are fighting their own version of the Irish Civil War just in time for the centenary.

The ferocity of the respective arguments is accompanied by a surprising amount of bitterness. Kenny partisans portray his most fervent critics as being motivated by personal animus and seem to regard any fault-finding as an act of national disloyalty.


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