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McCarthy or Kenny should we make Euro '21? I'm just relieved I don’t have to make that decision

Richard Dunne


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Ireland boss Mick McCarthy and successor Stephen Kenny

Ireland boss Mick McCarthy and successor Stephen Kenny

Ireland boss Mick McCarthy and successor Stephen Kenny

The FAI have a real decision to make on the position of Ireland manager, if what are now the Euro '21 play-offs go ahead and Ireland win.

I was never a fan of the Euros being spread over 12 cities and that’s looking like a very bad idea now. Tournaments like the Euros and the World Cup finals are special events.

It should be people gathered in one country to watch, have all the fans mixing with a good atmosphere, not what we are due to have next year, with Wales going to Azerbaijan and Italy and then somewhere else after that.

UEFA have delayed the finals for a year but Ireland have that play-off down for June and if the team wins the two games, they’ll have to deal with the managerial position.

Mick McCarthy’s contract finishes on July 31, Stephen Kenny starts his contract the following day on August 1 and the FAI could have a call to make.

Does Mick deserve to carry on if he has led the team to qualification? Or can Stephen be denied his chance?

If Stephen had a year to prepare for the Euros in 2021, that’s a full year to prepare for the finals. It could really be his team when the finals come around.

Or if Mick stays on for the year does he end up bringing in four or five of this U21 team and give them a lot of games to get them prepared for the finals?

This is another fallout from the last FAI regime. I am just relieved I don’t have to make that decision.

It was already a complicated situation, with the handover due to take place in the summer. Delaying the Euros for a year really has created a worst-case scenario for them.

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