Eamon Dunphy has had his say on the future of the Republic Of Ireland management team and it is sure to generate plenty of debate.
Speaking on RTE 2FM’s Game On, the outspoken pundit feels that Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny should be the next manager of the Republic Of Ireland and feels that he would be a worthy replacement for O’Neill.
Reported by RTE.ie, Dunphy said:
“I think Stephen Kenny has proved himself over and over, not just at Dundalk. He’s a really top coach and he was within one bad decision of getting to the group stages of the Champions League.”
“Then he loses his players but he goes out and gets more, he’s a really top coach. He’s a low-profile guy, his work hasn’t been appreciated.”
Dunphy also feels that Brian Kerr should come back into the Irish setup with a role in the underage development. Kerr, of course, has a great reputation and has a proven track record in this field.
The pundit added:
“Brian Kerr nurtured the generation that produced Robbie Keane, Damien Duff, Richard Dunne and others, and did really well in international competitions. Brian knows the grassroots of the game here, he knows the game as well and I think the (Giovanni) Trapattoni experience was searing. Although we qualified for Poland, we got humiliated.
Dunphy also took a shot at current boss Martin O’Neill, who has shipped heavy criticism since the 5-1 defeat at the Aviva Stadium last week:
“The Martin O’Neill experience for me, and I don’t want to denigrate him (but) what he believes, I’m sure, is that our players aren’t any good and he’s got to play this up and under stuff.
For Dunphy, it is a case of weighing up your options: do you stick with what you have or do you take a chance and change management?
“While you can make a case for him keeping the job, you can make a case for turning over a new leaf, taking back control of who the manager of the Irish team is and the coach and giving Stephen Kenny and Brian Kerr remit for the next five years.”
John O’Shea, Pundit Arena