The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) announced on Saturday that Stephen has replaced McCarthy as a football manager. Mick McCarthy will not lead the Republic of Ireland into their Euro 2020 play-off against Slovakia after agreeing to put a premature end to his second period in charge of his country. Stephen Kenny has stepped up from the under-21s to replace him with immediate effect.
Interim FAI CEO Gary Owens said: “This has been a difficult situation for the Association – and for Mick and Stephen in particular – in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the effect it has had on the football calendar.”
McCarthy supported the decision and welcomed his successor to the new position. “I fully support the decision. It’s only right and fair that Stephen gets his chance on August 1,” McCarthy said.
With four games set to take place in Dublin in 2021 for the European Championships, McCarthy plans to watch Ireland in those games. “I said to Roy [Barrett] that the only thing I’d ask for when leaving is a couple of tickets for next EUROs when we qualify,” he said.
Because of Coronavirus Pandemic, UEFA announced earlier this week that no international football would go ahead in June, with no new dates announced.