Changing how world football views Ireland – Stephen Kenny’s mission as supervisor

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Time is of the essence for Stephen Kenny who is making it his objective to change how world football views the Ireland team.

If you wish to see him bristle, trot out the old cliche of Irish teams being’ physical’ and playing’ with a British design’.

If you trousered a euro every time an opposing supervisor or player wheeled out a variation, you ‘d be doing alright.

But, for the a lot of part, it was bang on the cash no matter who was in charge, be it Hand, Charlton, McCarthy, Kerr, Trapattoni or O’Neill.

Kenny – who understands well that he’ll be evaluated on results – contradicts it needs to be that way although that in itself is not new news.

But yesterday, ahead of his first game as Ireland boss in Bulgaria on Thursday, Kenny raised the lid a lot more on his vision for this group.

And eradicating that ‘British style of football’ tag is his No 1 inspiration as Ireland supervisor.

Kenny stated: “It’s sort of what drives me. I’m really motivated to do that, not simply me but the whole training team. That’s a huge inspiration and number one for me.

Stephen Kenny

” But it’s only deemed a success when the team itself is a success, qualifying for major tournaments. But to me, it’s more important than anything else.

” We do not wish to simply be successful, we wish to be successful in altering the way Irish football is seen worldwide.

” It’s a huge lofty goal and I can’t think I actually stated it. That’s a private thing that I’ve shared, however it’s significant in the way we’re thinking and that’s driving whatever.”

Previously this week, Niall Quinn stated it was necessary not to judge Kenny on the back of one game in Bulgaria, or Sunday’s clash with Finland in Dublin.

Kenny knows what the ex-Ireland striker and FAI guy suggests, yet firmly insisted last night that he can not utilize ‘time’ as an excuse.

” For the Irish group to actually capture the creativity of the country in a major method it’s linked to being successful and going to significant competitions,” stated Kenny.

” I comprehend that by speaking like this – and if we do not play to a high level – I’m setting myself up for criticism.

” It takes some time for the design to evolve, however I’m impatient. I haven’t got a very long time and I’m not trying to find that crutch, saying it takes 2 years or whatever.


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The Ireland gamers gathered at the group hotel in Dublin last night and will train today and tomorrow morning prior to leaving for Sofia in the afternoon.

However every little detail has actually been thought about.

Kenny continued: “The easy thing is to state we’re looking at the long-lasting – and we are.

Stephen Kenny

” You have to maximise every chance so I’m not deliberately going to play it down as some tactical mechanism.

” I’m pretty up front on these issues and I could easily do that, but everybody in the country desires us to qualify for the Euros.”

And Kenny has currently identified the crucial area he feels will assist to take Ireland to another level.

” I’m not naive, I understand there are amount of times versus leading international teams where they’re going to have periods of ownership.

” But we have actually plans in location for how we’re going to play and how you stop that at source.

” We want a system where we have the ability to manage video games and where we have rate in the team that we can counter attack.

” We absolutely want pace in the group. That’s the active ingredient that I feel needs to be added to the Irish team. That’s critical.”

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