Stephen Kenny says managing Ireland would be the 'ultimate honour'

Stephen Kenny says it would be the “ultimate honour” to manage the Republic of Ireland as the current Dundalk boss is still being linked with the vacant post

Mick McCarthy remains the favourite to succeed Martin O’Neill and it’s likely that the new man will be in place in time for the draw for the Euro 2020 qualifiers, which takes place in Dublin on Sunday week.

Kenny has a number of backers and today, speaking for the first time since O’Neill left, he says the job is his ideal one.

“I don’t have PR strategy”, he told the Dundalk Democrat at a function in the town today.

“I don’t have a dream team. I think, ultimately I’m a football coach and I have great respect for all the players at Dundalk and for everyone connected to the club.

“I think managing your country is the ultimate honour. If you offered me the job of managing Real Madrid or Barcelona or Ireland, I would choose to manage Ireland, because it’s the greatest honour you can have as an Irishman.”

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