Mick McCarthy steps down as Republic of Ireland boss as Stephen Kenny takes over


Mick McCarthy has stepped down as Republic of Ireland boss with immediate effect.

Stephen Kenny has taken charge of the senior side, the Football Association of Ireland has announced.

McCarthy’s contract had been due to expire on July 31st.

It had already been determined that Kenny, the current Under-21 boss, would step up as his successor on August 1.

However an FAI statement has now confirmed: “The Football Association of Ireland announces that Mick McCarthy is to be succeeded as national team manager by Stephen Kenny with immediate effect.

“The handover has been agreed with both men in light of the delay to the European Championship play-offs caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.’

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The decision has been made to make the move now to allow a smooth transition and hand Kenny the chance to plan thoroughly for the eventual Euro 2020 playoff clash with Slovakia – the date of which is still to be determined amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Interim FAI CEO Gary Owens said: “This has been a difficult situation for the Association – and for Mick and Stephen in particular – in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and the effect it has had on the football calendar.

“On behalf of President Gerry McAnaney, the Board of the FAI and myself, I want to thank both men for their professionalism and their understanding in their dealings with the Association in these unprecedented circumstances. 

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“These are exceptional times in Irish life and Mick has taken that into account in agreeing to vacate the post early.

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“On behalf of the FAI, I wish to express our gratitude to Mick for his service and commitment to our national team throughout his career and particularly in his second spell as Ireland manager.

“We wish Mick and his staff well and we thank them all for their hard work in this European Championship campaign to date.

“Stephen will now begin his planning for the play-off against Slovakia and everyone at the FAI wishes him well in our bid to qualify for Euro 2020.

“Football will be back and we have so much to look forward to now in the autumn with the Nations League and the UEFA EURO 2020 play-off, followed by the World Cup qualifiers in early 2021.”





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