Veteran League of Ireland manager Roddy Collins has hit out at the idea of Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny taking over the Irish mantle from Martin O’Neill saying the appointment would be “a disaster.”
Speaking to Pundit Arena, the former Bohemians manager firmly struck down the idea of Stephen Kenny potential becoming the new Irish boss, claiming that the 47-year old being linked with the role is “completely off the wall.”
Collins also criticised Kenny’s credentials claiming that, despite his success with the Lilywhites, the “League of Ireland is the easiest league in the world to win,” suggesting that he is only being rumoured for the role to “give a veiled recognition to League of Ireland football.”
“No, no, no,” exclaimed Collins, when asked if Stephen Kenny was the right man for the job.
“I don’t know why the media is even considering putting that out there.
“Stephen is an excellent League of Ireland manager but the League of Ireland is the easiest league to win in the world. You’ve only two or three teams in it.
“At Dundalk, he has a big budget, it’s just completely off the wall that he’s even being touted for the job. I don’t know if it’s a PR stunt like ‘put it out there’ give a veiled recognition to League of Ireland football there’s no chance, it wouldn’t work, it’d be a disaster.
“Now that’s not knocking Stephen as a League of Ireland manager.
“He failed in Scotland, so no absolutely no chance.”
The Dundalk man is the second favourite for the job behind former Irish manager Mick McCarthy, but despite this Collins feels that even though Kenny is an excellent domestic manager, the gulf between the League of Ireland and international football would be far too much for someone like Kenny who “wouldn’t be tactically sharp.”
“The gulf in class between international football and league of Ireland is huge, I know from leaving League of Ireland for League Two in England, it’s not the gulf in class it’s a gulf in the situation.
“Tactically you have to be very astute at international level and I don’t think Stephen would be tactically that sharp to be honest with you.
As far as who Collins wants on board as the new boss, he is clearly in favour of Mick McCarthy, who is reportedly close to agreeing a deal with the FAI to return to the Irish fold.
“Mick McCarthy is the only man for the job,” said Collins.
“We know him, he knows us the lay of the land. He can throw teams together as he has done with Ipswich on a very small budget. He’ll get organisation, he’ll get respect off the players, he’ll get a team spirit going, all the stuff that we need to make up for the lack of quality that we have he can bring.”