Stephen Kenny: Republic of Ireland boss confident of signing new contract | Football News

Republic of Ireland coach Stephen Kenny is “fairly certain” that his contract will be extended for the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.

The 50-year-old’s current terms will expire in July, but negotiations for a new deal have begun.

Kenny met with Football Association of Ireland CEO Jonathan Hill last week in England after traveling to watch the Sky Bet League One match between Portsmouth and Sheffield Wednesday.

“We sat down and had a chat, just an introductory chat, so it started and hopefully we can progress from there,” Kenny said.

“I don’t see it as a big deal. I’m sure we can go ahead and fix everything.

“It is really a process and we are only involved at the beginning of the process. The talks are ongoing. They have just really started.

“I am involved in the Nations League campaign and I am pretty sure that I will also be the coach for the European Championship campaign.”

Kenny has only lost one of his last 10 games as national team manager after 11 winless games after successor to Mick McCarthy.

His current contract will see him remain in command of the Nations League’s first four games of Ireland next June.

Ireland will host Ukraine in their UEFA Nations League opening match in June

Ireland were drawn in Group B1 on Thursday alongside Ukraine, Scotland and Armenia, with their final two games scheduled for September.

Having failed to qualify for next year’s Winter World Cup in Qatar, those appointments will be the country’s only competitive outings in 2022.

The Euro 2024 qualifying draw, which will take place in Germany, is scheduled for October.

Kenny is also keen to keep his team together behind the scenes, including assistant Anthony Barry – who is also Chelsea manager – and goalkeeper manager Dean Kiely, who plays a similar role at Crystal Palace.

“We all love working together and have a great working environment,” said Kenny. “The whole team behind the scenes, the longer we work together, the better we are.

“As a unit working together, we would like to keep it intact and that would be the idea. I think ideally they would like to stay.

“They [Barry and Kiely] they are involved in day-to-day affairs with their clubs, so they don’t think long term.

“They both want to stay on board and are a very important part of the set-up for the future.”

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