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Kenny has earned the right to be his own man in new and very public role

Aidan Fitzmaurice


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'Ireland should not try to change what’s not broken and let Stephen Kenny be Stephen Kenny.' Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

'Ireland should not try to change what’s not broken and let Stephen Kenny be Stephen Kenny.' Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

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'Ireland should not try to change what’s not broken and let Stephen Kenny be Stephen Kenny.' Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Getting a new mobile phone, and making that number available only to close family will probably be one of the first things on the 'to do' list for Stephen Kenny this week as he adjusts to his new normal.

Kenny's current phone number is probably saved in the contacts list of hundreds of people in the game here, as players, ex-players, coaches, physios, agents, journalists, FAI officials, referees, sponsors and various hangers-on who earn a crust from the game in Ireland would have had dealings with him.

Now is the time when a lot of people will want a piece of Stephen Kenny. Any chance of a quick word, Stephen? Remember you said you'd try and send a birthday message to my niece? Any chance of a signed jersey for the club raffle?