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Ireland's Euro '21 play-off with Slovakia to be rescheduled for June international window

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Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy, right, and Slovakia manager Pavel Hapal following the UEFA Euro 2020 playoff draw at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland last November. Photo by UEFA via Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy, right, and Slovakia manager Pavel Hapal following the UEFA Euro 2020 playoff draw at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland last November. Photo by UEFA via Sportsfile

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Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy, right, and Slovakia manager Pavel Hapal following the UEFA Euro 2020 playoff draw at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland last November. Photo by UEFA via Sportsfile

UEFA plan to hold the Euro 2020 playoff between Slovakia and Ireland in June after a UEFA meeting today agreed to postpone the Euro 2020 finals for 12 months.

This decision means priority will be given to finishing this season's domestic competitions and Champions League/Europa League.

And that gives the FAI a massive headache in sorting out the terms of the succession between Mick McCarthy and Stephen Kenny, with Kenny's contract as senior boss due to start in August.

"The UEFA Euro 2020 playoff matches and international friendlies, scheduled for the end of March, will now be played in the international window at the start of June, subject to a review of the situation," a UEFA statement said today.

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