The Republic of Ireland Under-21s will not take part in the Toulon Tournament this summer due to the FAI’s financial restrictions, according to reports.
Ireland reached the semi-finals of the competition in France, where they lost to eventual winners Brazil.
Kenny’s team had topped their group and ended up finishing fourth overall.
Ireland Under-21s opened the scoring against China in the Toulon Tournament after just 33 seconds.
— Pundit Arena (@PunditArena) June 3, 2019
Connolly has since scored in the Premier League for Brighton and made his senior Ireland debut.
Idah netted a hat-trick for Norwich City last month and lead the line at Old Trafford.
Molumby has become a regular for Millwall, on loan from Brighton, and caught the eye with several performances.
FAI’s financial troubles
As a result, Kenny’s final games as the team’s coach will come next month.
Ireland Under-21s play Iceland at Tallaght Stadium on March 26 before travelling to play Luxembourg on March 31.
The team’s final Euro 2021 qualifier will be on October 13 away to Italy, by which time Kenny will no longer be the Under-21 coach.
FAI succession plan
The former Dundalk boss will replace Mick McCarthy as Ireland senior manager following the conclusion of the Euro 2020 campaign.
Yet, Kenny could help the Under-21s take a step closer to qualification before he moves on.
Darragh Leahy had been an integral part of Stephen Kenny's exceptional U21 side before his injury blow. 🇮🇪👏
Now he's at League of Ireland champions Dundalk as he looks to cement himself as one of the country's finest full-backs! 👇👇https://t.co/29K1mY1FjB
— Pundit Arena Football (@PAFootball_) February 5, 2020
Ireland Under-21s close to qualifying
Ireland are currently top of their group, with 17 points from nine games. Italy are second with 13 points from five matches and Iceland are third with nine points from five games.
If Ireland win their final two games under Kenny, they will be guaranteed a play-off place. The country has never qualified for a tournament at Under-21 level.