Thursday 25 April 2019

Dundalk have not been paid compensation for the loss of manager Stephen Kenny

Stephen Kenny
Stephen Kenny

Aidan Ftzmaurice

Dundalk have not been paid any compensation for the loss of manager Stephen Kenny to the Ireland set-up, FAI CEO John Delaney has confirmed.

And new boss Mick McCarthy has also warned that home-based players will need to prove themselves to him, in the flesh, before they are considered for a call-up.

Dundalk had hoped that Kenny, who led them to the double in 2018, would be in charge for next term but he’s left, with no money coming their way according to Delaney.

“No compensation, none at all,” he said when asked of any deal with the Oriel Park club.

“Dundalk were brilliant, I spoke to Dundalk on Saturday, Mike Treacy and Mal Brannigan, they were brilliant.

“They understood that if he was moving to another club that would be different to moving from his club to his country, they know that Stephen wanted this job and you have to be fair to Dundalk too, had we let it go on for another month Dundalk have to appoint a manager and prepare for next season and we had to be fair to Dundalk FC.”

Dundalk are in a strong position to recruit a new boss, but Kenny’s No. 2 Vinny Perth will not be able to take the job as he does not have a UEFA Pro-licence coaching qualification.

Bohemians boss Keith Long has already been linked with the post but Dundalk’s owners are likely to look abroad, as they have the finance and the contacts to recruit a high-profile coach to replace Kenny, as the full-time set-up at Dundalk and the lure of Champions League football next summer will be very attractive to a coach.

Kenny’s presence on the FAI ticket, the only man on that team including McCarthy, Terry Connor and Robbie Keane, with a League of Ireland background.

McCarthy is the only Republic of Ireland manager, apart from Giovanni Trapattoni, who did not cap a home-based player in his time in charge and while Martin O’Neill did cap Graham Burke while at Shamrock Rovers and had intended to use Dundalk’s Michael Duffy once he was eligible, he admits that the time frame, with the new LOI season starting just before the qualifiers in March, is a challenge.

“I will speak to Stephen and he can tell me about a strategy for getting those players in,” he says. “But five or six players coming straight into the team for a qualifier when we have to get up and running in March, I think I ought to see them myself and judge for myself.”

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