Former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr has warned Stephen Kenny that the post is the "hardest job in Irish sport" but has backed the new man to make a success of it with the senior team.
err had only one full campaign in charge of the senior side, for the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, and was axed after failure to qualify. He has worked with Kenny before, as Kenny helped out in a coaching role when Kerr was in charge of the youth teams and Kerr feels that Kenny's track record will be a help, not a hindrance.
"He is ready for the task and I hope it goes well for him, he's a great fellah," Kerr told Off The Ball on Newstalk.
"He has a lot of experience and it's all been a learning process for him. While he's not familiar with the international team in terms of management, he is familiar with the environment of big matches, pressure matches, players knowing their roles, players being clear on their roles, giving players confidence, the preparation around the games, all of that, he has that experience.
"He has a good personality, he has passion, and he has enthusiasm and a love for the Irish game. He is highly informed and I think he'll bring a lot to the Irish team and hopefully it goes well for him. It's never easy, it's the hardest job in sport in Ireland, without a doubt, expectation levels are very high, people think we should be in the finals all the time and that the opposition will lie down and let us beat them, it's never easy."