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final call Stephen Kenny in 'strong position' to secure new contract to stay as Ireland boss

Contract decision will not be brought forward but Ireland manager is expected to stay on

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Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Stephen Kenny is in a strong position to extend his stay as Ireland manager but the FAI will not bring forward a decision ahead of the November window.

Back-to-back wins and a sold-out Aviva for Tuesday’s victory over Qatar has strengthened the argument of influential board members who feel that retaining Kenny for the 2024 European Championships is the logical move.

They will still wait until a scheduled review after the concluding games with Portugal and Luxembourg before making a final call, with no temptation to bring forward discussions.

However, it would take a dramatic decline in performance level next month to gain support for the idea of a change in the hot seat.

Kenny’s current deal, which is worth just north of €500,000 per annum, expires next July but the FAI will decide to stick or twist before the end of the year.

Despite speculation about Kenny’s position after the September window, there was only a brief discussion of results in the monthly board meeting and that consisted of reiterating the view that proper debate would take place in November.

Association sources have indicated that, as it stands, Kenny has enough backing around the top table for another two years in charge. Further evidence of progression in November is deemed more important than the finishing position in the group table as third place will be beyond Ireland if Portugal win in Dublin and Luxembourg win in Baku.

Public support in the stadium during the 4-0 drubbing of Qatar was helpful for the 49-year-old, but leading voices in the boardroom were determined to stick with Kenny regardless, believing he has assembled a staff and set-up that is the right fit for the road ahead.

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