Mick McCarthy appointed as Ireland manager

Mick McCarthy has been officially confirmed as Republic of Ireland manager, with Stephen Kenny taking over in 2020.

McCarthy will have Terry Connor and Robbie Keane as assistants.

The deal was announced at a press conference in the Aviva Stadium with McCarthy, chief executive John Delaney and Ruud Dokter addressing the media.

Kenny will start as Under-21 boss and then succeed McCarthy.

In his first spell as Ireland manager, McCarthy oversaw 68 games and led the team to the Round of 16 in the 2002 World Cup during a six-year period between 1996-2002. At club level, he guided both Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers to promotion to the English Premier League.

The former Wolves manager Connor, who has worked with McCarthy for much of the last decade, will come in as assistant coach alongside former Ireland captain Keane.

Stephen Kenny leaves Dundalk after six years in charge.

McCarthy said: “I’m honoured and excited to be back with the Republic of Ireland. I am delighted that the FAI Board and CEO have given me this opportunity to lead the team.

“I have been involved in club football for the last 15 years, so this will be a new challenge but one that I know well. I’m delighted to have Terry Connor, a trusted colleague and excellent coach, and Robbie Keane, one of the finest players who I had the pleasure of managing, helping me as assistant coaches.

“I am looking forward to getting started and embracing this challenge to qualify for EURO 2020, where it would be fantastic to play in front of the Ireland supporters in Aviva Stadium.”

Delaney said he is thrilled by the two new management teams.

“This is a very exciting time for Irish football as we are able to welcome back a proven manager at international level in Mick McCarthy and also look to the future with Stephen Kenny.

“Mick was a great player for Ireland and then had a terrific impact as manager by guiding the team to the Round of 16 in the 2002 World Cup following a memorable draw with eventual finalists Germany. There is no doubt that he knows international football and has the appetite to lead the team forward again.

“Qualifying for EURO 2020 is hugely important considering we are hosting four games at the Aviva Stadium and Mick will set about achieving that as soon as we discover our opponents in next Sunday’s draw at Dublin’s Convention Centre.”

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