St Patrick's Athletic endorse Stephen Kenny for vacant position as Ireland manager

Fri, Nov 23 2018

Kenny has openly coveted the role of national team manager. Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

St Patrick’s Athletic have released a statement backing the candidacy of Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny for the vacant position of national men’s team manager.

Former Ireland captain and manager Mick McCarthy was installed as the early favourite to take on the role following the departure of Martin O’Neill on Wednesday.

However, support for Tallaght native Kenny is strong within domestic circles and there’s a general recognition for the positive style of football employed at Oriel Park.

The two are now neck-and-neck with the betting shops, and FAI chief John Delaney looks set to meet with both men this weekend.

A statement released on the club's social media said Kenny has "proven he has the experience, knowledge, commitment and intellect to change the current direction of the Irish senior team."

It added: "All involved would know that the country’s game would be in the hands of a man who knows and believes that the future of the game is in the nurturing and proper and professional development of the game in schools, communities, academies and clubs countrywide."

A league and cup double with Dundalk this season brought Kenny’s tally of domestic trophies to 18, leaving him second only to Jim McLaughlin who won eight league titles with four clubs.

 

The 47-year-old has gone on the record to state his desire to one day take charge of the national team.

In an interview with the Irish Times on Friday, Kenny said “I am absolutely qualified” to take the job,” adding that he’d back himself to adopt a more European, modern style of play.

The draw for the 2020 European Championship qualifiers takes place on December 2nd and the FAI hope to have a new manager in place by then, if possible.

St Patrick’s Athletic statement:

The board of St Patrick’s Athletic FC, as stakeholders in Irish domestic football, have convened and endorse and recommend Stephen Kenny for the vacant position as manager of the national team.

We believe Stephen Kenny is the best candidate and that he has proven he has the experience, knowledge, commitment and intellect to change the current direction of the Irish senior team.

Stephen’s appointment would undeniably be a boost for both the grassroots and domestic leagues.

All involved would know that the country’s game would be in the hands of a man who knows and believes that the future of the game is in the nurturing and proper and professional development of the game in schools, communities, academies and clubs countrywide.

We hope that all stakeholders of the domestic game that agree, express their view in the public forum.