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Next Ireland Manager Odds & Favourites To Replace Stephen Kenny

We have next Ireland manager odds and betting favourites for you as it looks like the Stephen Kenny era may soon come to an end.

*The FAI have announced that Stephen Kenny will continue in his role as Republic of Ireland manager until the end of the Euro 2024 Qualifying campaign in Novembers. The situation will be reviewed after that.

Next Republic of Ireland Manager Odds

Here are the leading contenders to become the next Republic of Ireland Manager according to our odds makers.

Next Republic of Ireland Manager Betting Odds
Manager Odds Chance
Lee Carsley 3/1 25%
Neil Lennon 6/1 14.3%
Chris Hughton 13/2 13.3%
Chris Wilder 7/1 12.5%
Vladimir Petkovic 8/1 11.1%
Roy Keane 8/1 11.1%
Anthony Barry 10/1 9.1%
Damien Duff 10/1 9.1%
Graham Potter 10/1 9.1%
Alan Pardew 12/1 7.7%
Keith Andrews 14/1 6.7%
Sam Allardyce 14/1 6.7%
Ole Gunnar Solskjær 14/1 6.7%
Robbie Keane 14/1 6.7%
Mick McCarthy 16/1 5.9%
John O’Shea 16/1 5.9%
Rafael Benitez 25/1 3.8%
Stephen Bradley 33/1 2.9%

Next Republic Of Ireland Manager Betting Favourites

Lee Carsley – 3/1

Lee Carsley is the 3/1 favourite to become the next Republic of Ireland manager and replace Stephen Kenny. For me he has been the favourite for sometime and this is now reflected in the betting market too.

The former Ireland Senior International represented his nation 40 times between 1997-2008 after qualifying to play for Ireland through his grandmother, who is from Dunmanway, County Cork.

Since hanging up his boots back in 2011 he has since forged a relatively extensive and varied coaching reputation with Coventry, Brentford, Manchester City, Birmingham, and England Underage squads.

Carsley is currently working as England U21 Head Coach a role which he was appointed to on July 27th, 2021. From his twenty-one games in charge he has overseen seventeen victories, one draw and has only been defeated three times.

The former Irish international’s current role with the England U21 culminated On 8 July 2023, when his team won the European Under-21 Championship by beating Spain 1–0 in the final. This was England’s first title in the competition since 1984.

This impressive track record has drawn the attention of the Football Association of Ireland and with England reportedly not standing in his way, it could be a matter of if and not when Carsley becomes Ireland’s next manager.

Neil Lennon – 6/1

The second favourite to become the next Ireland manager is Neil Lennon at odds of 6/1.

Neil Lennon had a club career of 560+ games between 1986-2008 and despite playing GAA as a youngster he was capped 40 times by Northern Ireland at International Level scoring two goals.

Lennon also captained the team on several occasions before retiring from international football in August 2002 after receiving a death threat before a Northern Ireland match vs Cyprus after it was alleged that he wanted to play for a team representing a United Ireland.

Since 2010 he has had a relatively successful coaching career particularly at Celtic from 2010-2014 and 2019-2021 with a Win Rate of 70% on both occasions in nearly 200 games.

Celtic won 11 trophies under his tenure. However, while he has been successful as a coach I feel his pragmatic style would not be a good fit to consolidate Ireland’s new direction of attractive football started under Kenny.

Chris Hughton – 13/2

Next up in the betting is former Irish player and assistant manager Chris Hughton at odds of 13/1. Hughton represented Ireland 51 times between 1979-1991 after qualifying to play for the country through his Irish mother.

Since hanging up his boots in 1993 he has forged a relatively successful coaching career with the likes of Newcastle, Norwich and Brighton. He led Brighton to a runner-up finish in the 2016/17 Championship season to secure promotion to the Premier League.

Most recently, after a period as Technical Advisor with Ghana (his father’s nation) on 12 February 2023, Hughton was appointed as head coach of the Ghana national team. Since his appointment he has managed the country to two wins, and two defeats in his first four matches.

Roy Keane – 8/1

Ireland’s Greatest Ever footballer, a bonafide legend and someone who has given so much joy (but also heartbreak) to Irish football fans.

Keane has played his part as part of the Ireland Coaching Team that got Ireland to Euro 2016 but simultaneously fell out with many on the way in typical Keane fashion.

Part of me feels like it is his dream to manage Ireland outright, but he has been out of the game as a Head Coach since 2011 with Ipswich. So perhaps his time for Ireland has come and gone.

Anthony Barry – 10/1

This would certainly be an interesting choice; Anthony is still only 37 but has already built up a solid coaching reputation.

Since retiring from professional football in 2017 with Wrexham he has coached with Wigan and Chelsea. Barry then went on to replace the departing Damien Duff in Stephen Kenny’s Republic of Ireland coaching team in February 2021 while continuing with his role as first-team coach at Chelsea.

Such was his success with Ireland though, and his particular input into Ireland’s set-pieces, that bigger things came calling. In February 2022, Barry left the Irish set-up to join Belgium’s coaching team citing their number 1 ranking and the opportunity to partake in World Cups as his reason for leaving.

He is now an assistant coach at Portugal and Bayern Munich, and very likely to be a considerable wage at both it could take a big offer to tempt him away. I wonder do the FAI have the cash to do so.

Damien Duff – 10/1

Damien Duff (44) is another who has put in the hard yards coaching, since retiring in 2015 and finishing up his career with Shamrock Rovers. Duff has spent time coaching with Shamrock Rovers underage, Ireland Underage, Shamrock Rovers, Celtic, Ireland and Shelbourne underage before being appointed as Shelbourne Head Coach.

In 2021 he guided the League of Ireland club to an FAI Cup Final in his first season which was an overachievement despite their poor performance in the final.

Duff (by my reckoning) is fast building up a reputation as the top coach in the country, and his Shelbourne side isn’t the most exciting but has created a side who are the best coached and most drilled in the country! In my opinion it is a bit early for him to land the Ireland job but he would certainly be box office.

Other Contenders For The Ireland Job?

Elsewhere, Chris Wilder has since been added by the traders to get the job at 7/1 and he would certainly fit the mould of a progressive manager..

Also Ireland legend Robbie Keane, following his excellent start as manager for Maccabi Tel Aviv guiding them to eight wins from ten games, can now be had at 14/1 to be Ireland’s next manager.

Ireland Assistant Keith Andrews is currently 14/1 to make the step-up and replace Kenny, while an unlikely return for Mick McCarthy for the THIRD TIME, is priced at 16/1.

My Choice?

Former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been priced at 14/1 to land the Ireland job. That comes following previous speculation that he could take a job in International Management.

Ole, while not the man to bring Manchester United back, has shown himself to be a coach capable of getting the best out of players, bringing through youngsters, playing decent football and generally bringing positivity to the camp.

It’s a long shot and he would certainly need to take a pay cut from his previous role but I can really see it working if it comes to sacking Kenny.

There has also been recent speculation about him having an eye on another project soon..

Stephen Kenny’s Reign As Ireland Manager

Stephen Kenny knew he was destined for the Ireland Senior job back on the 25th of November 2018. That day he was announced as Ireland U21 manager but also that he would replace then Ireland coach Mick McCarthy as Senior Manager in 2020.

That was a polarising move among Irish football fans with League of Ireland supporters rejoicing while Premier League fans criticised not only how the job was announced but also Kenny’s credibility to be a coach at the international level.

The transition from U21 to Senior was scheduled to happen during the summer of 2020 but instead happened in April 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the consequent postponement of Euro 2020.

Since then Kenny has faced an uphill battle as to his suitability to the role and job performance. The first game of the Stephen Kenny era ended in a 1–1 draw with Bulgaria in the UEFA Nations League on 3 September 2020. Ireland would end that year with a dismal record of 5 defeats and three draws under Kenny’s guidance.

2021 seemed like a turning point for Kenny, despite starting the year off with a 1-1 draw against Qatar what followed was a 4-1 win against Andorra, a 0-0 draw against a tough Hungary and a heart-wrenching 1-2 defeat against Portugal with Ronaldo scoring two late goals to spoil the party for the Irish. They finished 2021 with five wins, six draws and only one defeat which included back-to-back victories over Azerbaijan and Qatar for the first time under Kenny.

It seemed like the Kenny tide had turned and on the 9th of March 2022, Kenny signed a new contract as Ireland manager to stay in charge until after Euro 2024. In the next games, they earned a spirited 1-1 draw against Belgium and a win against Lithuania. However, the inconsistencies returned as Ireland only won one one of his next five matches and finished the year with four wins, four defeats and one draw.

Kenny started 2023 with a narrow 3-2 win against Latvia, but again heartbreak came for Ireland with a narrow 0-1 defeat at the hands of France in Dublin. Surely now Kenny had turned the corner? It was not to be apparently and the pressure really started to mount after a 1-2 defeat against Greece where he was tactically outclassed.

Kenny’s inconsistencies continue as he seems to be living in a constant state of purgatory but that can only last so long. Some might gain solace that his record at the moment is identical to the beginning of Michael O’Neil’s tenure as Northern Ireland boss and that turned out more than okay.

Since that statistic, it has arguably gotten even worse for Stephen Kenny. Despite stuttering to a 3-0 win against Gibraltar back in June the September window was always going to make or break Kenny.

Ireland opened this most recent international window by being defeated 0-2 against France, following a spirited first-half performance. During the second half they were completely and utterly outclassed.

It was a similar story against The Dutch. This time things went even better going 1-0 early on through an Adam Idah penalty. However, it was the same old same old for Ireland. The Netherlands came back to beat Ireland 1-2 and Stephen Kenny’s job now looks even more precarious with automatic qualification hopes already dead.

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