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13th Mar 2024

Stephen Kenny linked with LOI job that makes perfect sense for him

Lee Costello

Stephen Kenny

Kenny has been out of work since leaving the Ireland job.

We haven’t heard much about Stephen Kenny since he left his job as manager of the national team but he is now linked with a League of Ireland club that makes perfect sense for him.

Kenny left his role as Republic of Ireland manager last November and although the FAI have struggled to find a replacement for him, it looks like he could be back into the thick of management very soon.

According to The Irish Times, League of Ireland team Bohemians are sounding out the possibility of getting their former manager back in the hot seat.

Bohs are looking for a new coach following the sacking of Declan Devine last weekend, as their struggles in the league continue.

Stephen Kenny linked with LOI job that makes perfect sense for him.

Coaches Derek Pender and Trevor Croly will take charge of the Gypsies side for Friday’s game at home to Derry City, but they will not be rushed into appointing a new manager and want to make sure that the replacement is the correct one.

A club statement confirming Devine’s departure on Sunday said that club director Pat Fenlon would “take charge of the team on an interim basis, assisted by first-team coach Derek Pender”.

Kenny previously held the position between 2001 and 2004, and reports are saying that he would prefer a job abroad, however there are some interesting incentives with this vacancy that might sway the Dublin native to take it.

Alan Reynolds is tipped to become Kenny’s number two if he were to accept the job, as the two enjoyed a successful working relationship during a stint at Derry City.

Following a disappointing end to his time with the national team, Kenny’s reputation as a top manager has taken a hit, as pundits, former players and the media have all pointed the finger at him for Ireland’s failure to qualify for major tournaments in recent years.

Before he was appointed as the country’s manager, Kenny was well respected and appreciated for the success he had achieved at club level, guiding Dundalk on an incredible run in Europe that caught the eyes of admirers everywhere.

The 52-year-old has a very hands-on coaching style that possibly didn’t lend itself to the nature of international football where you only get to work with the players in short periods, however, a return to club level in a league that he knows so well, could see him showcase his talents once again.

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