Who Will Succeed Stephen Kenny as Next Ireland Manager?

Who Will Succeed Stephen Kenny as Next Ireland Manager?
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Roy Keane is favourite to be the next manager of the Republic of Ireland with betting having opened on who will succeed Stephen Kenny.

Wins have been hard to come by for Kenny in his first full qualifying campaign and his plan to breed through a new generation of Irish youngsters has come at a cost in terms of results, despite some glimmers of hope.

There'll be no place for Ireland in the World Cup betting odds for Qatar 2022 as they are already mathematically out of the running in their group, but positive performances against group leaders Portugal of late have given fans some optimism going forward.

Despite going 18 months without a competitive win at one stage, Kenny has been given the opportunity to see out the campaign to try and prove he is worthy of a new contract and much could depend on their final fixture against Luxembourg away on Sunday, a chance for revenge having suffered a shock loss in Dublin last March.

Should he fail to convince the FAI that his project needs more time and patience, the job is expected to be offered to former Manchester United midfielder Keane, one of Ireland’s finest ever players, or at least that's according to some of the best betting sites online.

Next Ireland Manager Betting Odds

Roy Keane9/2
Neil Lennon6/1
Keith Andrews13/2
Robbie Keane7/1
Damien Duff8/1
Chris Hughton12/1
Steve Bruce12/1

Keane is currently Paddy Power’s 9/2 favourite to succeed Kenny and 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 the frontrunner.

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.


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In that sense, Neil Lennon also fits the bill, with the unattached former Celtic manager next in the betting at 6/1. Neither Keane nor Lennon are likely to fill Ireland fans with much excitement, but there are some interesting options further down the betting.

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.

Best Betting Sites

The former Blackburn, Chelsea and Newcastle winger – who earned 100 caps for the Republic over a 14-year international career – is an 8/1 option in Paddy Power’s odds, although he has only recently taken charge of Shelbourne FC and appears committed to the League of Ireland side.

Should the FAI prefer to go for a more experienced head when the time comes to replace Kenny, Chris Hughton looks the pick of the bunch at 12/1, while Sam Allardyce is an outside bet at 25/1.

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