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decision day Liam Brady and Brian Kerr suggest there is a cloud hanging over Stephen Kenny's Ireland future

Brady believes Kenny still has plenty to prove after traumatic World Cup qualifying campaign.


Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Liam Brady suggested there are still big question marks over the future of Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny, despite improved performances at the back end of the World Cup qualifying campaign.

Kenny has steadied the ship after the horrors of the home defeat against Luxembourg earlier this year, yet Brady suggested there was room for improvement on a night when his side struggled to create clear cut scoring chances in a 0-0 draw against Portugal in Dublin.

Speaking to RTE, Ireland legend Brady poured cold water on the mood of excitement among some Ireland fans as a decision on Kenny's future looms large for FAI chiefs.

"I'd put the brakes on that a bit," he said. "I think the jury is still very much out (on Stephen Kenny). His contract goes to next June and we have some games in March and more in June.

"If I was one of the people in the FAI who have to decide whether he stays or goes, I'd sit and wait until we have played those games.

"Why do you think he deserves to get a new contract now? I'm saying, if I was one of those people in the FAI, I wouldn't be in a rush to make any decision.

"This is probably the worst qualifying campaign we have in the World Cup or the Euros for the last 20 years."

Richie Sadlier offered some balance to Brady's views as he offer his thoughts on the Kenny debate in the video below:

Former Ireland manager Brian Kerr also suggested the jury is out on Kenny, as he gave his verdict to Virgin Media Sport.

"I've said all along that they made bad mistakes from the start," he stated. "The things you need to get right are the selections on players, the shape and style of play and the work on the training ground so that it brings out a response and motivates the team.

"This is the 19th game. The only games he has won are against Andorra, Azerbaijan and Qatar. A lot of the other games were poor.

"This game against Portugal was the best we have seen under Stephen. Portugal were well short of their best team, but the defence was solid and the distribution from the back was good.

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"The midfield were compact and shape wise it was good. The pressing was good and they forced Portugal in mistakes and some of the build up play was good."

FAI chiefs will meet in the coming weeks to assess what happens next with Kenny, with a groundswell of support from Ireland fans for him to continue in his role heading into the Euro 2024 qualifiers.

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