Roy Keane on Stephen Kenny.
Roy Keane has given his opinion on Stephen Kenny’s time as Republic of Ireland manager, saying that the Dubliner is “doing okay.”
Speaking at a fundraiser for the Kerry Hospice on Friday, Keane added: “If okay is fine for everybody else in Ireland, good luck to them.”
Stephen Kenny’s record.
Kenny has been in charge since April 2020 and has overseen four wins in twenty games, a record that has left some wondering whether he is suited to the role.
However, three of those wins have come in Ireland’s last four matches, with a scoreless draw against Portugal in the middle of a run that has seen the former Dundalk manager win over some doubters.
Ireland have now lost just one game in their last 10 outings but Keane remains unconvinced, despite the upturn in fortunes.
Roy Keane: “I thought winning was part of the package.”
“Along the line at top level football, I thought winning was part of that package. Maybe I’m wrong. Football is about opinions,” the former Ireland assistant manager said.
“He has the Irish press on his side, especially the Dublin lot, but at the top level it is about getting over the line and winning games.”
Keane was assistant to Martin O’Neill from 2013 until 2018, when both were dismissed after a similarly poor run of results. Mick McCarthy took over as manager, with an FAI succession plan lining Kenny up to take over during the summer of 2020.
However, the Covid-19 pandemic led to a rearrangement and Kenny ended up being given the role five months earlier than expected.
Keane feels Martin O’Neill deserved more time.
If it were up to Keane, himself and O’Neill would have been given more time to bed young players in the squad and the Corkman has described the decision to appoint McCarthy as “bizarre.”
“To change Martin O’Neill as manager to Mick McCarthy is something I still find bizarre,” he said. “How many campaigns has Stephen Kenny had? He took over from Mick McCarthy and had the Euros play-off, the Nations League campaign and the World Cup qualifiers.
Regardless of Keane’s opinion, it looks like that Kenny will lead Ireland into the 2022/2023 Naitons League campaign as well as the Euro 2024 qualifiers.