Republic of Ireland Boss Stephen Kenny Could Face Sack If Scotland Win
Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has been warned he needs an instant turnaround in the UEFA Nations League to save his job.
That’s the view of BoyleSports Football ambassador Natalie Sawyer, who has given her predictions for the weekend’s clash with Scotland.
The Irish have suffered successive 1-0 defeats to Armenia and a second-string Ukraine side and their campaign is already at a critical juncture ahead of Saturday’s clash at the Aviva Stadium.
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😳 “If they were to lose to Scotland and Ukraine next week, there would have to be a serious review of his management!"
😬 Will Stephen Kenny be able to turn things around, @nataliesawyer?
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“If Republic of Ireland were to lose to Scotland after Ukraine, there would have to be a serious review of his management,” Sawyer told BoyleSports.
“This is a group which he said he could win with his players, but it’s two defeats from two and it’s been a difficult Nations League so far.
“One thing he may have in the bank is the way he finished the World Cup campaign. They didn’t reach Qatar 2022, but they did finish the qualifying campaign strongly and there were signs things were turning around.
“There was a glimmer of hope, but the Nations League has started disastrously, and I can’t see it improving.
“The performances against Armenia and Ukraine were below par. You can promise everything, but if you don’t deliver then it’s a big problem.
“Unfortunately, when Stephen Kenny took over he was critical of previous managers and I don’t think that has won him much favour.
“He’s not delivering on what he’s promised so far – they could recover and results could go their way, but I just can’t see it unfortunately.
“Scotland is another tough game and it’s an all-too-familiar sense of deflation for the Irish.
“When you look at the forwards, Callum Robinson has seven goals in 28 appearances and that’s the most of any of their options. That would be a problem for any manager, but it’s one Kenny has to deal with and it’s just not working.”
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