Stephen Kenny’s contract with Republic of Ireland extended to 2024 | Football News Sky News

Stephen Kenny's contract with Republic of Ireland extended to 2024 |  Football News Sky News

Stephen Kenny has signed a new contract as boss of the Republic of Ireland, which will lead him to the 2024 UEFA European Championship campaign.

The 50-year-old’s contract was due to expire in July, but both sides stood firm on the new deal.

Kenny has missed just one of his last 10 matches as national team boss without winning 11 openers since taking over from Mick McCarthy.

Kenny said: “I consider it a great honor to lead my country and I am happy to extend my contract. The players are incredibly proud to play for Ireland, and in recent performances we have witnessed a strong connection between the team and the Irish supporters.

“The attitude of the players was extraordinary, we saw the team grow and develop, and with Keith Andrews and all the staff, I could not wait to see the team reach their full potential. With the recent return of supporters to the stadiums, I would like to emphasize the importance of enthusiastic Irish fans at home and abroad. Finally, I would like to thank Jonathan and the FAI Board for sharing our confidence in the international team. ⁇

Welcoming the immediate extension of the agreement, FAI CEO Jonathan Hill said: “For all members of the Association, I am pleased to announce this news today. At a time when the future and emergence of this young Irish team is very exciting, the board has given me clear instructions to accept an agreement that will transfer the next UEFA Nations League and Euro 2024 campaigns to Stephen.

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“Stephen and I have now agreed to this deal and we want to work together as he seeks to lead Ireland to the final of the next European Championships. ⁇

After failing to qualify for next year’s Winter World Cup in Qatar, Kenny’s next matches will be the Republic’s first four Nations League matches next June.

Ireland have drawn Group B1 with Ukraine, Scotland and Armenia, with their last two matches scheduled for September.

Prior to that, they will face friendly matches against Belgium and Lithuania in March.

The Euro 2024 qualifying draw in Germany will take place in October.

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