Stephen Kenny insists he is never worried about losing his job during Ireland’s tumultuous World Cup campaign but admits that the lessons of a scarred night at Wembley have greatly influenced the direction of his team.
Enny has been awarded Euro 2024 after coming back from the low points of an evil attempt to get to Qatar with home defeats to Luxembourg and a draw with Azerbaijan that has sparked debate around his place.
Yesterday, the Irishman scripted invited members of the press to a new tactical analysis room at FAI HQ and look through clips from the past year to highlight improvements and lessons learned.
When asked if he is concerned he won’t get the chance to continue his job – given the silent crowd’s reaction to September’s draw with Azerbaijan in Dublin – Kenny insisted that he fully believe that a corner was flipped at the time.
“I’m disappointed with the result – not to win the game – but I’m not worried, I have a clear view of what I want to do,” Kenny said, “We had a match against Serbia then and at that stage you’re not thinking about the impact, you’re just trying to get the whole team ready for the game against Serbia.
“It’s not something I’m focused on, but I have to get results to get a new deal, I’m very determined to stay as manager of Ireland because it’s a huge privilege. It is the highest honor you can have. It’s not something you want to let go of easily.”
Kenny points out that there will be less testing from this point forward as Ireland looks to plan towards Germany by 2024.
Kenny says the 0-3 friendly defeat to England in November 2020 was a night that helped inform his opinion that a different approach is needed to counter stronger teams. While the disappointment was dominated by the fervor of ‘Videogate’, he was saddened that Ireland was placed so low in the final round.
“We didn’t have the strongest squad but in the second half they were 3-4-2-1 against us and they had Reece James and (Bukayo) Saka at full-back, with (Jadon) Sancho and (Jack) Grealish are both flying like their two 10-year-olds.
“We were a bit off balance but they forced us into a low position in our 4-2-3-1 formation. We couldn’t get out of our low block for a while, couldn’t get out of it in the second half, and then I said: ‘That’s never going to happen again. When.’ We need to change. We had three players (in the back). It is suitable. ”
FAI CEO Jonathan Hill hopes that the certainty surrounding Kenny’s position will help the Association find new sponsors, feeling that the emergence of a group of strong personalities from different backgrounds will also help.
He effectively confirmed that the discussion around Kenny’s contract severance clauses – in the event the FAI decides to make the abrupt change – was a factor in the closing process somewhat. prolonged.
“In any contract, in terms of the employment contract, there will be a clause about when you leave the country,” says Hill.
“It was in Stephen’s contract. That was part of the argument I mentioned earlier about ours. Stephen felt comfortable when we had to come; We feel comfortable when we have to. I don’t go into the details of it but it’s all pretty standard stuff. ”
Meanwhile, Hill confirmed that Robbie Keane’s €250,000 contract with the Association is due to expire this summer but declined to elaborate on any discussions that have taken place with the Dubliner about resolving his position. he.
Ireland’s record goalscorer was a member of Mick McCarthy’s coaching staff but previous FAI authorities offered him a longer-term contract even though Kenny was free to choose his behind-the-scenes staff and decide intend to continue without Keane.
“The last time we spoke, I agreed with Robbie not to talk about it publicly,” Hill said.
“It is between us and Robbie regarding his contract. Nothing changes.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/international-soccer/stephen-kenny-insists-i-was-never-worried-for-my-job-i-had-a-clear-vision-41433949.html Stephen Kenny affirms: I never worry about my job, I have a clear vision