Saturday 21 September 2019

Coleman says Kenny chance is reward for hard work at Dundalk

"First and foremost, I think it's great for Stephen," said Coleman, speaking to OffTheBall.com. Photo: Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Ireland captain Seamus Coleman has welcomed the dual appointments of Mick McCarthy and Stephen Kenny after a "tough year" for the national team.

Coleman enjoyed a good relationship with departing manager Martin O'Neill and says that he will never have a bad word to say about the Derryman.

But he has been encouraged by what he has heard about McCarthy and also feels that Kenny's promotion to the top job from 2020 is due reward for the Dubliner off the back of his work with Dundalk.

"First and foremost, I think it's great for Stephen," said Coleman, speaking to OffTheBall.com.

"He's worked extremely hard in the League of Ireland and I'm sure a lot of people have noticed that. Well, they have if he's got the U-21 manager's job and appointment as future senior manager.

"I like to see people who work hard get what they deserve in the long run. He had some great nights in Europe and got them to the Europa League group stages where they held their own and got a bit unlucky at times. He's a great man and let's see how he does with the U-21s. I hope he does well.

"I've had no dealings with Mick. I've not come across him before but anyone who has says he's a gentleman and he gets that respect quite quickly. He's a good football man."

Meanwhile, McCarthy has indicated that he wants to bring Alan Kelly back as goalkeeping coach.

Kelly operated in that role during Giovanni Trapattoni's tenure and the 50-year-old is McCarthy's preferred replacement for Seamus McDonagh pending an agreement with his full-time employers at Everton.

The FAI are waiting on clarity on the venue for McCarthy's official return - the March 23 qualifier with Gibraltar.

While the minnows want to host the match on home turf, the Victoria Stadium does not meet criteria and dispensation would be required, with the FAI in touch with the process.

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