Ex-Dunfermline boss Stephen Kenny in line for Republic of Ireland job

Stephen Kenny has led Dundalk to the title in four of the last five seasons. Picture: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images
Stephen Kenny has led Dundalk to the title in four of the last five seasons. Picture: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images
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Mick McCarthy will be unveiled as the Republic of Ireland’s new manager at a press conference in Dublin today – but it was reported last night that it has already been agreed that former Dunfermline Athletic boss Stephen Kenny will take over after the Euro 2020 finals.

The Irish need a new manager following the departures in midweek of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane. McCarthy, who led the Republic to the last 16 of the 2002 World Cup, has been widely tipped to fill the vacancy.

Kenny’s involvement comes as a surprise, though. It is believed he will be put in charge of the Under-21 side and then move into the senior post in a couple of years.

Kenny, 47, has led Dundalk to four League of Ireland titles in the last five seasons.