Monday 22 January 2018

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny signs two-year contract extension

Stephen Kenny: Photo: Sportsfile
Stephen Kenny: Photo: Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has signed a new contract with the League of Ireland champions ahead of tonight's league encounter with title rivals Cork City.

The two year extension will keep him at Oriel Park until the end of 2018.

Kenny is looking to win a third title on the trot after a remarkably successful spell in Louth following his appointment ahead of the 2013 season.

He brought the Lilywhites to second place in his first season before winning the league in the next two campaigns and adding the FAI Cup to last year's success. He also lifted the EA Sports Trophy in 2014.

Kenny said: “My contract was up in November so I only had a short period of time left to run. I have agreed to stay on as manager for the next three years.

"This is my fourth year here as manager and when I came to the club we had nothing. I had a blank canvas, the team finished bottom. A lot of people found it difficult to be optimistic but I believed that with hard work and dedication that we could achieve a lot.

“Andy Connolly and Paul Brown (owners) when I met them and when they came to my house, we spoke initially and subsequently they don’t consider that I work for them. They consider that I work with them as manager.

"They never considered that I work for them. They said to me that you work with us and there has been that element of trust in the partnership. I appreciate that. They are very low profile people, they don’t court any attention and are low profile owners. They are hardworking nonetheless.

“Everyone behind them, all people connected to the club, have been very supportive."

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