An emotional Stephen Kenny confirmed he doesn’t know if he will be Ireland manager after next week but his post-match interview very much gave the impression his time is up.
Ireland drew 1-1 with New Zealand in a friendly at the Aviva and Kenny teared up in his post-match interview with heavy speculation it was his final game in charge.
Speaking to RTE, Kenny said he has no complaints about being left in the dark about his position.
“Listen that’s the way it is. I’ve no complaints about that. I’ve spoken to the players about that it may well be my last match that’s been well documented and if it is, so be it because I’ve had the privilege of managing my country,” he said.
“It's been a huge privilege to you know see this group grow. I think when you see the depth of talent in the group they are capable of having a really strong campaign in the nations league.”
Kenny went on to say nothing could compare to his dream job.
“No.no. nothing could ever,” he added.
“Irish supporters have been incredible home and away. Full stadiums at home big crowds travelling away. Because there's such a rebuild we’ve had our setbacks but it’s been amazing to know every one of those players in the dressing room. They are an incredible group of people.”
When asked if he expects to be backed by board members, Kenny responded: “There may not be an appetite for that. I respect that.
“Sport is ruthless and international management… people get impatient.
“I wanted to qualify, we all want to qualify I understand that. We’ll have to see. I've had amazing support from Keith Andrews and John O’Shea and all the staff.
“It’s been an amazing journey first with the U21 team and the last three years with the senior team.”
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