McCarthy back in Ireland hotseat

24 November 2018 14:42:48 EST

Mick McCarthy has been confirmed as the new Republic of Ireland manager, though he will be replaced by Stephen Kenny after the Euro 2020 Finals.

Kenny, who leaves his post as boss of Irish Premier Division champions Dundalk, has been appointed U21 manager as the FAI puts plans in place to build for the future while also trying to ensure qualification for the next European Championships.

Martin O'Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane left their posts earlier this week after an unsuccessful UEFA Nations League campaign saw their team relegated.

The draw for the Euro 2020 qualifiers is set to take place in Dublin next week, with the FAI having immediately signalled their intention was to have a manager in place before that high profile event.

McCarthy has signed a two-year contract with the FAI and will hold his first press conference at 3pm on Monday at the Aviva Stadium.

The 59-year-old, who stood down as boss of Ipswich Town in April, led the Republic to the last-16 of the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan despite sending skipper Roy Keane home before a ball was kicked.

Former Ireland international McCarthy quit later that year after making a poor start to the qualifying campaign for Euro 2004.

He played for Ireland in their maiden World Cup at Italia '90 and has since been in charge of Sunderland, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Ipswich.

Ireland's all-time leading goal scorer Robbie Keane has been linked to a place in McCarthy's backroom team, though nothing has been confirmed.

There had been widespread support for Kenny to get the top job and the Dubliner will now have his eyes firmly on that role come late 2020.

McCarthy's old side Ipswich are 12/5 to overcome Bristol City at Portman Road on Wednesday evening. The visitors are 29/20 while the draw is priced at 21/10.

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