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Ireland fire Stephen Kenny after EURO 2024 setback


The Football Association of Ireland has announced that Stephen Kenny’s contract as manager of the Republic of Ireland senior men’s team will not be renewed.

Kenny’s tenure as manager came to an end on Wednesday following a disappointing Euro 2024 qualifying campaign, where Ireland failed to secure a spot at next year’s finals in Germany.

In a statement released on the FAI website, CEO Jonathan Hill expressed gratitude for Kenny’s contributions but acknowledged the need for a change in leadership.

“Following a board meeting this evening [Wednesday], the FAI can confirm that Stephen Kenny will not continue in his role as manager of the senior men’s national team,” Hill stated.

“Over the period of his tenure, Stephen and his staff have worked tirelessly to create the right environment to support the development of our senior men’s team, and we are hugely grateful for that considerable contribution.”

Hill also highlighted Kenny’s role in introducing new and younger players to the national team, laying the groundwork for future success.

“Stephen has also overseen an important period of transition for our senior men’s national team and has given debuts to a significant number of new and younger players, and this will serve as a solid platform for whoever now takes this group of players forward.”

The FAI thanked Kenny and his staff for their dedication and wished them well in their future endeavors.

Kenny’s reign as manager was marked by challenges, including a difficult start due to COVID-19 restrictions and the team’s underwhelming performance in the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.