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FAI Officially Announce Mick McCarthy & Stephen Kenny Appointments

FAI have officially announced the appointment of Mick McCarthy as the senior Ireland manager with Stephen Kenny taking over as the U21s boss.

Rumours had been swirling around during the week following the news on Wednesday that Martin O’Neill would be stepping away from his role as the Irish manager alongside his assistant Roy Keane.

Ireland struggled during the last year of O’Neill’s tenure, with the Boys in Green winning just one of their nine games in 2018 and suffering relegation from their inaugural UEFA Nations League group.

Former Wolves manager Terry Connor, who has worked with McCarthy for much of the last decade, will come in as assistant coach alongside former Ireland captain and record goalscorer Robbie Keane.

“I’m honoured and excited to be back with the Republic of Ireland. I am delighted that the FAI Board and CEO have given me this opportunity to lead the team to EURO 2020,” said McCarthy.

“I have been involved in club football for the last 15 years, so this will be a new challenge but one that I know well. I’m delighted to have Terry Connor, a trusted colleague and excellent coach, and Robbie Keane, one of the finest players who I had the pleasure of managing, helping me as assistant coaches.

“I am looking forward to getting started and embracing this challenge to qualify for EURO 2020, where it would be fantastic to play in front of the Ireland supporters in Aviva Stadium.”

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