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By showing a willingness to adapt, Stephen Kenny will survive in Ireland role

Eamonn Sweeney


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Ireland manager Stephen Kenny, right, and coach Keith Andrews enjoy the win over Luxembourg. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny, right, and coach Keith Andrews enjoy the win over Luxembourg. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny, right, and coach Keith Andrews enjoy the win over Luxembourg. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Stephen Kenny’s Ireland are prospering in the present and giving hope for the future by looking to the past.

Shane Duffy’s opening goal in Luxembourg showed how much Ireland’s recent revival has been based on values once presumed to have been wiped out by the Kenny revolution. A well-flighted dead ball and a header from a big centre-back had an unmistakably traditional feel to it.


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