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REACTION: Ireland reacts to Mick McCarthy's sudden departure as national boss

Colm Boohig
Colm Boohig

17:15 4 Apr 2020

On Saturday afternoon Off The Ball exclusively revealed that Mick McCarthy has left his position as the Republic of Ireland manager with immediate effect.

Since the revelation, the Football Association of Ireland has released its own statement, confirming McCarthy's departure from the Ireland job for the second time in his managerial career.

In the statement, the FAI explained the reasoning behind the decision, saying, "This move allows Stephen Kenny time to plan for the European Championship play-off semi-final against Slovakia later in the year."

McCarthy's contract had been due to expire on July 31st of this year, with the former Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny set to take over from August 1st.

However, following the global spread of COVID-19 and the postponement of this summer's European Championships, the FAI were left with a decision to make ahead of the upcoming play-off game against Slovakia, set for September at the earliest.

18 November 2019; Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy during the UEFA EURO2020 Qualifier match between Republic of Ireland and Denmark at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

McCarthy replaced Martin O'Neill as the Ireland manager in November 2018, having left his managerial post at Ispwich Town earlier that year.

The 61-year-old accepted the job with an agreement in place that Stephen Kenny would replace McCarthy after Euro 2020, with Kenny taking up the role as the national Under-21 manager in the interim.

However, the current worldwide pandemic and the tournament decisions implemented as a result has brought Kenny's start date as the senior boss forward by four months.

This news means that McCarthy's final game of his second spell in charge of the Republic of Ireland team was the 1-1 draw against Denmark at the Aviva Stadium last November, the result of which meant Ireland would face a play-off to qualify for the European Championships.

That play-off against Slovakia is now set for early autumn and will act as Kenny's first game in charge of the senior side.

30 November 2018; To celebrate Dublin’s hosting of the UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifying Draw on 2nd December 2018, Irish Football Legends Ronnie Whelan, Ray Houghton, Kevin Sheedy, Tony Galvin, Liam O’Brien, Tony Cascarino and John Anderson teamed up with Dublin City Council and the Football Association of Ireland to launch the National Football Exhibition giving people the chance to experience some of the excitement. Open to the public on Sunday, December 2nd, at the Printworks, Dublin Castle, until the 9th December, the Exhibition celebrates 60 years of UEFA European Championship and Irish football. Six separate zones, packed with memorabilia and interactive features will give attendees an overview of the history of football in Ireland and its impact on communities around the country. Throughout 2019 and 2020, the National Football Exhibition will tour around various locations* nationwide. The National Football Exhibition App is available to download now from the App Store and Google Play Store. The draw for the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying groups this Sunday, 2nd December, will be attended by delegates from all 55 UEFA member nations and over 350 international media representatives with an estimated TV audience worldwide of 140 million. 4 tournament games will be hosted at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium during UEFA EURO 2020, the largest sporting event to ever be hosted in the country. Pictured is Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy, left, and Republic of Ireland U21 manager Stephen Kenny at the Printworks, Dublin Castle, Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

It has been a tough call on McCarthy, as Off The Ball's Ger Gilroy has written, and Twitter has been awash with plenty of reaction since the huge news broke.

The Republic of Ireland have a new manager and here is how the nation has reacted:


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