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"Players will be happy if Kenny picks them" | Brian Kerr criticises treatment of Mick McCarthy

Admonishing the recent behaviour of the Football Association of Ireland, Brian Kerr singled out their treatment of Mick McCarthy as a particularly poor act on Off the Ball

It offered a unique narrative to Mick McCarthy's return to international football; his time with the Republic of Ireland had an ending before it had even begun.

Charged with qualifying Ireland for the 2020 European Championships, whatever of his success, Stephen Kenny would be taking over thereafter.

An arrangement that McCarthy never appeared entirely content with (but embraced, nevertheless), Brian Kerr identified the move as being indicative of the FAI's failings; a larger extent of which have been exposed in the months following the McCarthy/Kenny decision.

"It took a bit of genius to come up with that idea," remarked a disgusted Kerr, "in their wisdom the FAI decided that there was another manager who would be better than Mick who would have to wait his turn.

"So, we know how it's going to work out - Mick is going to be sacked!

"He's going to be discarded if we were to win the European Championships."

Brian Kerr

Criticising the decision as "bizarre", Kerr was quick to sing the praises of Stephen Kenny's domestic record in Irish football.

However, he ultimately believes that the decision is unfair on the former Irish captain.

"To give someone a job and give them a time limit, telling you that no matter how well you do that job your time is going to be up.

"It was a bizarre arrangement."

Considering what will occur should McCarthy bring Ireland as far as the European Championships and give a decent account of themselves, Brian Kerr batted away the notion that there will be a groundswell of players' support to keep the current manager in charge.

"Players are players," noted Kerr, "they'll be happy if the next guy picks them.

"That's how players are, currying favour with the next guy."

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