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Interim FAI CEO Niall Quinn. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Interim FAI CEO Niall Quinn. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Interim FAI CEO Niall Quinn. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Niall Quinn says the FAI will delay any debate about the managerial succession plan for the national team until after the proposed Euro 2020 playoff in June.

UEFA announced today that the Euro 2020 playoff semi-finals and finals, offering four teams - including the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland - a route to the finals, would be played in early June after Covid-19 conditions made the March dates impossible.

A key question for the FAI is what happens to Mick McCarthy and Stephen Kenny, as McCarthy's contract as senior team boss ends on July 31st, when Kenny is due to move up from his U-21 post. If McCarthy's side beat Slovakia and then defeat either Northern Ireland or Bosnia in the playoff final, a case will be made for McCarthy to stay on as senior team boss for the finals and ask Kenny to delay his ascension to the senior post.

"I don't think there is any point in trying to do something about that now," Quinn, the FAI's interim deputy CEO, told FAITV.

"We're still in the position where we don't know if we're going to the Euros or not. We'll know on June 10th and I would have thought that June 10th would be a good time to start worrying or overly worrying about that particular incidence. We'll do that at the right time and speak to the stakeholders first. We won't be talking publicly until that time."

Quinn said he's hopeful that conditions related to Covid-19 in June will allow the playoff go ahead.

"We know that is a realistic target to aim for," Quinn said. "Will it happen, will the medical world allow it, will the HSE and Government allow fans and players to travel? We don't want to put anyone in danger, that's the first thing. But if there is a lift and a possibility of those games going ahead, it augurs well that we have definite dates and times and that we'll know our fate by June 10th.

"I'm very pleased they took the decision to move the Euros on a year. It gives everyone breathing space at a really difficult time, an unprecedented time and one where the health of our players, fans and everyone in the footballing family of Europe is at stake."

"I would commend them for doing that. They have aspirations around the build-up to that and how it falls into place, i.e the qualification and they also have aspirations about completing domestic leagues. It's a big ask but the hard work starts now and the consultation process starts now but we are very pleased to get clarity on where we need to be at this awful time," Quinn added.

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