Thursday 18 July 2019

Andrews has belief in players and high praise for 'real' Kenny

Former Ireland international Keith Andrews. Photo: Nick Potts/PA
Former Ireland international Keith Andrews. Photo: Nick Potts/PA

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Former Ireland star Keith Andrews says he's been impressed with the working methods of Stephen Kenny.

Kenny is currently in charge of the U-21s, with Andrews as his assistant, though the plan is for the former Dundalk boss to take over from Mick McCarthy as senior boss after Ireland's interest in Euro 2020 is over. The U-21s enjoyed some success at the Toulon tournament last month and Andrews says he's been impressed.

"I didn't know Stephen but we get on very well," he told the LOI Weekly podcast. "He's got a very unique way. I've worked in football clubs as a member of staff and as a player under numerous managers and coaching staff and he's very unlike any of the others.

"There's no airs or graces, he is real. There's nothing fake about him in an industry that is rife with people that are fake.

"I wouldn't be getting involved if we were playing Jack Charlton-style football, but I have utter belief in these players. He has utter belief in them to try and get them to a level and prepare them as well as we can.

"I wouldn't just go to be part of the furniture, so it's finding that balance on working with someone for the first time, he's very hands on, so it's about getting that balance. It's been absolutely brilliant."

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