Ireland replaces coach Mick McCarthy with Kenny before Euro 2020 qualifiers | Soccer


Mick McCarthy will not lead the Republic of Ireland in his Euro 2020 play-off against Slovakia after agreeing to prematurely end his second stint at the helm of his country. Stephen Kenny has left U21 to replace him with immediate effect.

It was still Kenny’s long-term plan to follow McCarthy, but he was expected to have the opportunity to complete the Euro 2020 campaign; now he will not have that chance because Ireland’s playoffs against Slovakia, which were originally scheduled for March, have been postponed until September. McCarthy’s contract was set to expire on July 31, and the Football Association of Ireland decided not to extend it, settling instead for the plan to allow Kenny to take over. McCarthy and his assistant, Terry Connor, were informed of the decision on Saturday.


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