New Ireland gaffer Stephen Kenny says players 'will be ready' for Slovakia play-off
Stephen Kenny is picking up the pieces of Mick McCarthy’s second reign as Irish manager next Thursday night, but he is well aware that all the blame will fall on his shoulders if Ireland’s Euro Championship dream ends out in Bratislava.
Minnows have chance in new Euro vision
Of course, the Republic of Ireland are not the only country fighting for their European Championship lives next Thursday. Northern Ireland travel to Sarajevo to play Bosnia in one of seven other ties that will lead to four teams eventually playing at next summer's spectacular.
Gallery A crying game for Ken
Stephen Kenny is not by nature an emotional man. But when it was put to him that, later today, he would stand on the touchline at an empty Aviva Stadium and hear Amhrán na bhFiann played as he managed Ireland at home for the first time, the new Irish boss came close to welling up.
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