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kenny exodus WATCH: Damien Duff opens up on his exit from the Ireland set-up

Stephen Kenny has endured a turbulent opening to his time as Ireland boss


Former Ireland coach Damien Duff

Former Ireland coach Damien Duff

Former Ireland coach Damien Duff

Damien Duff has spoken about his decision to walk away from Stephen Kenny's Republic of Ireland set-up, as he stated would have been "unhappy with himself" if he'd stayed in his role as assistant coach.

Duff's high-profile exit from a blow to Kenny, who is struggling to prove himself at senior international level after taking over from Mick McCarthy last year.

Now Duff has told RTE that he "felt strongly about things" and has no regrets about his decision to walk away.

"I don't really have a lot to say on the matter," Duff told RTÉ's Darragh Maloney.

"I know I've made the right decision, because not one day has passed where I have regretted it. I know it's not ideal for the manager, but at the same time, it's a chance for him to bring in a better coach than me.

"He's done it already on the goalkeeping side, he's brought in Dean Kiely, a great guy who'll bring great energy to the squad. He's a top coach whose coaching at the top level of the Premier League every week.

"At the end of the day, the only person that has lost out really is me by walking away. You're soon forgotten so staff and players, I'm sure, don't have a problem now. It's all water under the bridge.

"Because I've walked away, I've given up the chance to represent my country, which is a massive, massive honour, the chance to coach elite players, which doesn't come around very often.

"And I've probably lost a lot of focus as well, which a lot of ex players will tell you that you need that in your life.

"I felt strongly about things and I would have been unhappy with myself if I'd stayed, it's as simple as that.

"I know football people want to know, but I just want to keep it private."

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