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Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Ireland legend Paul McGrath has stated once again that he does not believe Stephen Kenny is the right man to lead the Republic of Ireland team.

Kenny has endured a miserable start to his reign as Ireland boss and has yet to win a competitive match since replacing Mick McCarthy in April 2020, losing seven matches and drawing four.

McGrath stated his belief that Kenny is not the man to lead Ireland in his Sunday World columns and while some suggested those comments were misplaced, one of Ireland's all-time great players has now doubled down on his stance.

"I can understand Stephen trying to play the kind of football he wants, to catch up the rest of Europe, but I just don’t see why we should abandon other options," said McGrath on RTE's 2fm.

"If you can't play out, and you are getting caught every time you try and play out, I genuinely think as an ex-footballer, you have to have a second option.

"You have to have that ball over the top. You have to have someone reading what you are going to do so we can chase it.

"You can’t just keep playing football in the middle of the pitch, making nice arcs and circles. I think you have to put the ball into the box if you want to score goals. Goals are what we are lacking at the moment.

"When I watched the Portugal and Serbia games, the football that the lads played, in midfield and playing out from the back, they really are good players, but I have to say, it’s my belief that Stephen might not be the person to take us on to that level where we are starting to win things again.

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Paul McGrath in Wexford. Photo by Owen Breslin

Paul McGrath in Wexford. Photo by Owen Breslin

Paul McGrath in Wexford. Photo by Owen Breslin

"I like Stephen, I love what he done with Dundalk, but there is something about Stephen in his way with the team at the moment, I don’t think he is going to change just because we are losing or drawing most games.

"I think we do need to change. If we are losing games, we need to go to something else to try and win.

"I think he has a tough job. Maybe some of the players aren’t as good as players we have had in the past, and I understand every country goes through that, but it would be nice to get a couple of wins and I hope Stephen does. Maybe he will prove me wrong."

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