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done deal Stephen Kenny signs contract to extend his reign as Ireland manager

Kenny’s assistant Keith Andrews and backroom staff of Dean Kiely, Stephen Rice and Damien Doyle are also rewarded with new deals.

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

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

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

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has signed a new contract until Euro 2024.

The 50-year-old endured a slow start to his reign, failing to win any of his first 11 matches after replacing Mick McCarthy, but following a run of just one defeat in the last 10 games he has been rewarded with a new deal.

Kenny’s assistant Keith Andrews and backroom staff of Dean Kiely, Stephen Rice and Damien Doyle are also rewarded with new deals.

Kenny has been credited with developing a number of young players and reconnecting the team with the fans, though they did not qualify for the World Cup.

He said: “I consider it the ultimate honour to manage my country and I am delighted to extend my contract. The players are incredibly proud to play for Ireland and in recent performances we have witnessed a powerful connection between the team and the Irish supporters.”

Football Association of Ireland chief executive Jonathan Hill said: “On behalf of everyone at the Association I am delighted to announce this news today.

“The board gave me clear instructions to agree a deal that sees Stephen in charge for the upcoming UEFA Nations League and Euro 2024 campaigns at a time when there is so much excitement about the future of this young and emerging Ireland squad.”

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