The former Ireland manager Brian Kerr has given his take on the strange decision to appoint Mick McCarthy as Ireland manager on a two-year deal.
It was a decision that was seen by most as a strange one given the circumstances.
The Irish setup clearly needed something of a fresh injection given their poor form of late and while the resignation of both Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane was a decision that was met with a positive response, the appointment that followed has left many confused.
McCarthy, who of course managed Ireland during the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan, was confirmed to take the reins from O’Neill after his resignation earlier this month.
The odd part of the deal came from the stipulation that would see the former Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny take over from McCarthy in two years time.
Kenny, in the meantime, will manage the Irish under-21’s team.
Brian Kerr, who oversaw Ireland between the years 2003 and 2005, spoke during an appearance on Virgin Media Sport about the rather ‘bizarre’ decision to put such a deal in place – a deal that has left many supporters scratching their heads.
"It's like as if the FAI are saying, 'we think you're the right man for the job, for a while, but you're no good after 2 years. But we know a bloke, that we think will be good in 2 years'."
— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) November 27, 2018
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena