Kenny to stay on as Irish manager for remaining Euro 2024 qualifiersMike Finnerty 14 Sep 2023
Stephen Kenny will stay on as manager of the Irish football team for the remaining Euro 2024 qualifiers despite qualification chances becoming increasingly remote following defeats to France and the Netherlands.
FAI chief Jonathan Hill confirmed at a press conference this morning that Kenny will remain in his position for the remaining three qualifier games that Ireland face, as well as a friendly match against New Zealand in November.
Ireland will face Greece and Gibraltar in October, and end their Euro 2024 qualification campaign away to the Netherlands in November, before seeing out the calendar year with a home friendly against New Zealand.
Kenny’s future will be decided after those four matches have been played at an FAI board meeting in late November, with his contract due to expire after Euro 2024.
Any hopes of Ireland qualifying for Euro 2024 are effectively non-existent after securing only one win in six qualification games, making qualification via play-off through the best third-placed team system (which is how Ireland got into Euro 2016) increasingly unlikely.
Kenny’s position has come under increasing pressure after failing to qualify for the third tournament since he took charge in 2020, with names like Lee Carsley, Rafa Benitez and John O’Shea linked with the role in the event that the FAI part ways with Kenny.