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Mark Kinsella Backs Kenny Cunningham For Irish Coaching Role

Mark Kinsella has backed his former international teammate Kenny Cunningham for a position in the next Ireland manager’s backroom staff.

Yesterday, we brought you reports claiming that Mick McCarthy was in the pole position to succeed Martin O’Neill as Irish manager along with further reports linking both Kenny Cunningham and Robbie Keane with positions on his coaching ticket.

Mick McCarthy and Kenny Cunningham 23/3/2007

Speaking to 2FM’s Game On (via RTE), former Ireland man Mark Kinsella spoke about the speculation linking Robbie Keane to a role in McCarthy’s backroom staff.

“Robbie is always going to be connected.

“I know he’s doing his badges. He played abroad and did a little bit of coaching, he was player-manager for one game. Coaching-wise I don’t know what he’s done.

“Mick [McCarthy] takes Terry Connor with him everywhere, as his ally and a very good coach.

“Whether Robbie would come in then to get international experience as a coach, it might be another option. But I don’t think he’d be going in as a number one coach having not really done the groundwork.”

Keane might be out of the question right now for the former international but in his eyes, the alternative pick could well come in the form of another old talisman.

“No disrespect to Robbie, he’s our biggest goalscorer in history, but I would think it would be too early for him maybe to go in there as his first job at senior coaching level, when the likes of Kenny Cunningham and other players have done the groundwork.

“I’m not saying Robbie wouldn’t be able to do it but it would be an interesting one if it did happen.”

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at [email protected]