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Replacing McCarthy with Kenny before rearranged play-off would prove mettle of new FAI

Eamonn Sweeney


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Who’s the boss: Current Ireland manager Mick McCarthy with his successor Stephen Kenny at the launch of the National Football Exhibition in Dublin Castle last November. Photo: Sportsfile

Who’s the boss: Current Ireland manager Mick McCarthy with his successor Stephen Kenny at the launch of the National Football Exhibition in Dublin Castle last November. Photo: Sportsfile

Who’s the boss: Current Ireland manager Mick McCarthy with his successor Stephen Kenny at the launch of the National Football Exhibition in Dublin Castle last November. Photo: Sportsfile

Let the 'Age of Kenny' begin. Stephen Kenny would probably have been appointed manager next week after Ireland's impending defeat by Slovakia in the European Championships qualifying play-off.

Neither defeat - nor Championships - are particularly impending anymore, but that shouldn't stop the FAI putting the former Dundalk boss in the hot seat, giving Mick McCarthy the bum's rush and putting Irish football out of its misery. It's a no-brainer.

They could have handed Kenny the reins after McCarthy's failure to secure qualification in the group stages. Almost no-one expected anything but further failure in the play-offs with the prospect of successive away wins in Slovakia and, probably, Bosnia extremely unlikely.