Who Will Succeed Stephen Kenny As Next Ireland Manager?

Who Will Succeed Stephen Kenny As Next Ireland Manager?
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Betting apps have opened a market on who will succeed Stephen Kenny as the next manager of the Republic of Ireland, and as expected it's a wide open betting heat.

Wins have been hard to come by for Kenny, with only one in the Nations League to date - a 3-0 win over Scotland, which eased the pressure on the Ireland boss following back-to-back defeats to Armenia and Ukraine.

A 1-1 draw in a further meeting with Ukraine avenged that previous defeat to a certain degree.

Ireland's next game is away to Scotland on September 24, followed closely by the visit of Armenia to the Aviva Stadium where Kenny will be expected to make up for June's shock loss in Yerevan.

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Kenny's desire to breed through a new generation of Irish youngsters has largely come at a cost in terms of results - despite some glimmers of hope - it's already clear that he will never win over certain doubters.

Should he fail to convince fans and the FAI that his project needs more time and patience, there could be an open vacancy sooner rather than later.

Roy Keane, one of Ireland’s finest ever players, is also in the frame - according to betting sites - though he has drifted in the odds having once been the favourite.

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Having already been on the FAI’s books from his time as Martin O’Neill’s assistant, it is easy to see why he is in the mix.

He is also currently out of contract which would save the cash-strapped FAI from having to fork out compensation, as would be the case for any candidates who are already in a managerial role at club level.

That much would apply to Omonoia manager Neil Lennon, with the former Celtic boss fancied by some to take the job.

Neither Keane nor Lennon are likely to fill Ireland fans with much excitement, but there are some interesting alternative options in the betting.

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Damien Duff may have left his assistant role under Kenny a little prematurely and in uncertain circumstances, but he has proven himself to be an astute thinker of the game through his TV punditry on RTE and also via his work with Celtic.

The former Blackburn, Chelsea and Newcastle winger – who earned 100 caps for the Republic over a 14-year international career – is a strong candidate to take over from Kenny.

However, he has only taken charge of Shelbourne FC this year and appears committed to the League of Ireland side.

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Should the FAI prefer to go for a more experienced head when the time comes to replace Kenny, Mick McCarthy looks like an interesting option for a third spell, while Sam Allardyce is also an outsider on multiple football betting sites.

However, former Limerick manager Allardyce is unlikely to be seen as an affordable option for the FAI, who only narrowly avoided liquidation in 2020 following years of financial mismanagement.

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