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Former Ireland U21 coach Stephen Kenny will take over national team from current manager Mick McCarthy
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Former Ireland U21 coach Stephen Kenny will take over national team from current manager Mick McCarthy

​The Football Association of Ireland have confirmed that Mick McCarthy is no longer the manager of the Republic of Ireland national team with Stephen Kenny set to take over from him, RTE reported.

McCarthy and his assistant Terry Connor were reportedly told the news on Saturday afternoon; Kenny who was the U21 coach since November 2018 is expected to be minted into his new role as of Agust 1, 2020.

"The Football Association of Ireland announces that Mick McCarthy is to be succeeded as national team manager by Stephen Kenny with immediate effect. The handover has been agreed with both men in light of the delay to the European Championship play-offs caused by the Covid-19 pandemic," the FAI said in a statement.

Interim FAI CEO Gary Owens said: "This has been a difficult situation for the Association - and for Mick and Stephen in particular - in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and the effect it has had on the football calendar.

"On behalf of President Gerry McAnaney, the Board of the FAI and myself, I want to thank both men for their professionalism and their understanding in their dealings with the Association in these unprecedented circumstances.  These are exceptional times in Irish life and Mick has taken that into account in agreeing to vacate the post early.

"On behalf of the FAI, I wish to express our gratitude to Mick for his service and commitment to our national team throughout his career and particularly in his second spell as Ireland manager. We wish Mick and his staff well and we thank them all for their hard work in this European Championship campaign to date.

"Stephen will now begin his planning for the play-off against Slovakia and everyone at the FAI wishes him well in our bid to qualify for Euro 2020. Football will be back and we have so much to look forward to now in the autumn with the Nations League and the UEFA EURO 2020 play-off, followed by the World Cup qualifiers in early 2021."