Kenny to lead the U-21s

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY COR­MAC BYRNE

STEPHEN Kenny is set to be named Ire­land Un­der-21 man­ager and is poised to re­place Mick McCarthy as se­nior team gaf­fer af­ter the Euro 2020 fi­nals.

The Dun­dalk man­ager will leave his post at Oriel Park to be un­veiled at a press con­fer­ence at the Aviva

Sta­dium to­day.

The 47-year-old, right, will Gran­tham Town 1987–1989 O’Neill cut his man­age­rial teeth with Lin­colnshire club. Shep­shed Char­ter­house 1989

Short spell with an­other non-league club.

Wy­combe Wan­der­ers 1990–1995

O’Neill helped Wan­der­ers gain pro­mo­tion to the Foot­ball League in 1992-93, then up to Di­vi­sion Two the fol­low­ing year.

Nor­wich City 1995

Left af­ter six months in charge due to dif­fer­ences with chair­man Robert Chase. Le­ices­ter City 1995–2000 Le­ices­ter were pro­moted to Pre­mier League in O’Neill’s first sea­son. They won the League Cup in 1997 and again three years later and were run­ners-up in 1999. Af­ter he was linked to the Leeds job, fans staged protests urg­ing him to stay. He saw out his con­tract. Celtic 2000–2005

O’Neill was the most suc­cess­ful man­ager at Celtic Park since the great Jock Stein. He over­saw three league ti­tles, three Scot­tish Cups and one League Cup and guided the Hoops to the Uefa Cup Fi­nal in 2003. He quit in 2005 to care for wife Geral­dine who had de­vel­oped lym­phoma.

As­ton Villa 2006–2010 Three suc­ces­sive sixth place fin­ishes but un­able to de­liver Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball. Sun­der­land 2011–2013 Sacked with the Wear­siders in rel­e­ga­tion trou­ble. Re­pub­lic of Ire­land 2013–2018

O’Neill took Ire­land to Euro 2016 in France where they beat Italy be­fore nar­rowly los­ing to the home na­tion in the last 16. Some fine per­for­mances in the World Cup 2018 qual­i­fiers saw Ire­land reach the play-offs. But the wheels be­gan to come off for O’Neill and as­sis­tant man­ager Roy

Keane af­ter they were ham­mered by Den­mark. as­sume the un­der-21 reins from Noel King.

RTE Sport re­ported Kenny will be charged with de­vel­op­ing un­der­age play­ers from un­der-15 to un­der-19 lev­els, while also over­see­ing the un­der-21s.

Re­ports also sug­gest he is seen as the long-term suc­ces­sor to the in­com­ing McCarthy, who will likely leave the role af­ter

the sum­mer of 2020.

O’Neill takes over in Novem­ber 2013 O’Neill and Keane af­ter beat­ing Italy in the 2016 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship No an­swers to the ram­pant Danes dur­ing the 5-1 play-off ham­mer­ing

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