FAI confirm Stephen Kenny's backroom team departure

Nov 23, 2023 18:07 By Dave Hooper
FAI confirm Stephen Kenny's backroom team departure
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Keith Andrews, John O'Shea and Dean Kiely depart FAI

The FAI have confirmed that Stephen Kenny’s coaching team have all left their roles.

Kenny’s Assistant Manager Keith Andrews, Assistant Coach John O'Shea, Goalkeeping Coach Dean Kiely and Athletic Performance Coach Damien Doyle have all left their roles.

Also leaving his role is Kenny’s Chief Scout & Opposition Analyst Stephen Rice.


"We would like to thank Keith, John, Stephen, Dean and Damien for their excellent service and commitment” said FAI Director of Football Marc Canham.

I would particularly like to thank Keith Andrews who has served the Association so well in the Assistant Manager role with both the U-21s and senior team. He leaves with our very best wishes for his future career in football."

"The level of professionalism each of them have brought to their roles over their period of time with the Association has been exemplary and we're extremely grateful for their hard work with the senior men's national team.


“They leave with the Association's gratitude and respect, and the FAI wish them all the very best in the future."

John O’Shea was Kenny’s fourth assistant coach in his three and a half years in the role. Damien Duff, Anthony Barry, John Eustace and O’Shea all held the role from April 2020 to November 2023.

Meanwhile, the search for the New Ireland senior team manager is underway. Bookmakers have released the latest odds as to who will replace Stephen Kenny.


Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon is the current 2/1 favourite to take the role and has been out of work since leaving Omonia Nicosia last October.

Also high in the betting is Roy Keane at 5/1. Keane was assistant manager to Martin O’Neill and helped Ireland reach Euro 2016.

Current England u-21’s boss Lee Carsley rounds out the top three contenders with the bookies at odds of 4/1.

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