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It makes sense to stick with Mick McCarthy for Euro play-offs - but after that it's Kenny's time

Daniel McDonnell


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Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy (right) has departed the role, making way for Under-21s manager Stephen Kenny. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy (right) has departed the role, making way for Under-21s manager Stephen Kenny. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

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Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy (right) has departed the role, making way for Under-21s manager Stephen Kenny. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

If Ireland's next game is the Euro 2020 play-off with Slovakia then the right call is for Mick McCarthy to be on the sideline. But only on the understanding that he won't be in charge if his team make it to the finals.

Qualifying for tournaments is where the FAI make their money, not doing well when they get there. And in this time of financial crisis, emotion has to be removed from the equation when it comes to making tricky decisions.

It's vital that the FAI qualify for next summer's tournament given that they are co-hosts and would earn more than the qualification fee of €9million.