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Stephen Kenny’s departs as Republic of Ireland manager, confirms FAI

Stephen Kenny's era as Republic of Ireland manager is over after the Football Association of Ireland announced it will not be renewing his deal.

Stephen Kenny’s era as Republic of Ireland manager is over after the Football Association of Ireland announced it will not be renewing his deal.

Contract Conclusion Post Friendly Draw

The tenure of Stephen Kenny, Republic of Ireland’s coach, concluded after Tuesday night’s friendly draw against New Zealand.

Anticipated Departure After Euro 2024 Qualification Miss

Kenny, aged 52, was widely expected to leave following the team’s failure to qualify for Euro 2024.

Immediate Confirmation of Exit

While the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) initially intended to deliberate on Kenny’s future at an upcoming board meeting, they decided to announce his departure on Wednesday, opting for swift clarification.

Kenny’s Outlook and Departure Statement

In April 2020, Kenny stepped into the role as Mick McCarthy’s successor. Ahead of his departure, Kenny mentioned on Tuesday that he didn’t foresee an offer for a new deal. 

In a subsequent statement, Kenny expressed gratitude for the opportunity, citing managing the Republic as the “ultimate honor.” He emphasized the significance of being part of the team’s journey on the international stage, marking it as a profoundly special experience.

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