The Republic of Ireland could be on the verge of looking for a new manager to replace Stephen Kenny. The former Dundalk manager who had a 66%-win percentage with his old side has only seen his side win one of his 14 matches in charge of the national side following their 2-1 loss to Portugal where Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 89th and 96th minute. This mounted further pressure on Kenny who had oversaw his team lose 1-0 at home to Luxembourg in March.
Next Republic of Ireland Manager Odds
Next Republic of Ireland Manager Odds
Neil Lennon Odds: 23/10
Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon Is the bookie’s favourite to take the role of Republic of Ireland manager at 23/10.
Lennon resigned from his role at Celtic Park last season having failed to guide the Parkhead club to a record 10th title in a row. The 50-year-old Northern Irishman managed to win five league titles, four Scottish Cups and one Scottish League Cup at Celtic Park over the course of his two spells at the club between 2010 and 2014, as well as in 2019 to 2021 following the departure of Brendan Rodgers to Leicester City.
The former Celtic manager had a 70%-win record at his old club and has also managed the likes of Bolton Wanderers where he struggled, winning just 18 of 79 matches, as well as earning promotion from the Scottish Championship with Hibernian in the 2016/17 season before leaving by mutual consent in January 2019, less a month before he was appointed by Celtic.
This would be a good job for Lennon to take as doing well with the Republic of Ireland’s national team would only further enhance his reputation as a manager.
Lennon is priced at 23/10 to become the Republic of Ireland’s new manager.
Roy Keane Odds: 11/2
Roy Keane is also in the frame to become the next Republic of Ireland manager should they terminate Kenny’s contract.
The legendary Manchester United midfielder has recently been speaking to Gary Neville on The Overlap stating that he would like to get back into management having not had a job since he left Ipswich Town in 2011. The 50-year-old’s best managerial spell came at Sunderland where at the first time of asking he got the Black Cats promoted from the Championship having taken over them in the relegation zone after the first four matches. Keane then went on to consolidate their place in the Premier League in the 2007/08 season before resigning partway through the next campaign.
Keane has since had assistant managerial roles at both Aston Villa under Paul Lambert and with the Republic of Ireland under Martin O’Neill and is priced at 11/2 to make a return to management with his national side who he made 67 caps for between 1991 and 2005.
Damien Duff Odds: 8/1
Former Republic of Ireland international Damien Duff is also in the frame to become the next manager of The Boys in Green.
Duff like Keane had a very successful playing career, winning 100 caps for Ireland, as well as winning the Premier League twice with Chelsea in 2005 and 2006. The 42-year-old has only ever been a coach and assistant manager, having started his coaching career with Shamrock Rovers in 2016 and in Ireland’s youth setups.
The former Newcastle winger then went on to join Celtic’s coaching staff in January 2019 as a first-team coach, before becoming Kenny’s assistant with the Republic of Ireland senior team in April 2020 where he would be before stepping down in January this year, focussing on his youth role with Shelbourne FC.
This job would be quite a step up for someone with no senior managerial experience and could be one that could enhance Duff’s reputation as an upcoming manager if he was to do well. The 42-year-old is priced at 8/1 to replace the man he used to assist as manager.
Mick McCarthy Odds: 20/1
Mick McCarthy is priced at 20/1 to become Ireland manager for the third time in his career.
The 62-year-old was previously manager between 1996 and 2002 where he managed to get his national side qualified for the 2002 World Cup following narrow missed at France 1998 and Euro 2000. The 2002 World Cup saw Ireland be eliminated from the tournament at the round of 16 to Spain on penalties, but, following a spat with star man Roy Keane at the tournament and a poor start to their attempts to qualify for Euro 2004, he resigned. He returned in 2018, winning five and drawing four of his 10 games in charge but stepped down in April 2020.
McCarthy is currently the manager of Cardiff City where he is doing relatively well, showcasing why he has earned two promotions from the Championship in 2004/05 with Sunderland and in 2008/09 with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Barnsley-born former Republic of Ireland defender is priced at 20/1 to take over from the man who succeeded him as manager.