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Next Republic of Ireland Manager Odds

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
23 November 2023, 12:47

Following a disastrous UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying campaign, it has been announced that Republic of Ireland will not be renewing the contract of their head coach Stephen Kenny which expired at the end of the qualification cycle.

Kenny spent three years at the helm of the Republic of Ireland but has little to show off. He managed 29 games, with the Boys in Green recording six wins, eight draws and 15 losses. The Irish will not be represented at the next summer’s Euros after the team finished fifth in Group B, winning two matches (both against Gibraltar) and losing the other six.

Now, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) is faced with an important decision. The next Republic of Ireland manager odds may offer a glimpse of what is to come.

Republic of Ireland Next Manager Betting List

Football icon Roy Keane is the runaway favourite when it comes to the Republic of Ireland next manager odds, with other interesting candidates on the list as well. Since the Irish do not have a match scheduled until spring, there is enough time for the FAI to consider their options.

Republic of Ireland Next ManagerBetVictor Odds
Roy Keane2.25
Neil Lennon7.00
Lee Carsley9.00
Stephen Bradley17.00
Mark Kennedy17.00

Roy Keane

Roy Keane has to be one of the best players that Republic of Ireland has ever produced, although his history with the national team is as controversial as his career in general. Despite being a top midfielder back in the day, Keane went on to make 67 appearances for the Boys in Green, which is half of record-holder Robbie Keane. Notoriously, he left the national team right before the 2002 World Cup after a conflict with the coach.

If we were to talk strictly about his coaching career, Keane has not been as successful as in his playing days. He started with Sunderland in the EFL Championship in 2006 and would win immediate promotion to the Premier League. He resigned midway through 2008/09 with Sunderland sitting 18th in the top division.

Afterwards, Keane took charge of Ipswich Town in 2009 but, incapable of repeating his early success, was dismissed from his role some 18 months later. That was Keane’s last experience as a manager but he has also worked as an assistant for Ireland between 2013 and 2018 and had two short assistant spells at Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.

Despite Keane being more of a pundit than a coach in recent years, he is heavily linked to become the next Republic of Ireland manager.

Neil Lennon

Another name that has appeared in the press as a potential hire for Republic of Ireland is Neil Lennon. That is despite him representing Northern Ireland as a player. In any case, this would make Lennon the second representative of Northern Ireland to coach the Republic of Ireland after Martin O’Neil, who led the Boys in Green between 2013 and 2018.

Lennon rose to prominence as a coach during his first spell with Celtic as he led the Bhoys to three consecutive Scottish Premiership titles while also reaching the UEFA Champions League round of 16. The 52-year-old had another spell at Celtic Park between 2019 and 2021 where he would win five further trophies, although his stay ended on a bad note. 

Between his two Celtic stints, Lennon worked at Bolton Wanderers and Hibernian. His latest experience came with Omonia in Cyprus but he would last for only 29 matches in charge. Nevertheless, Lennon has been long touted to take charge of the Irish national team which explains his high positioning on the next Republic of Ireland manager odds.

Lee Carsley

Unlike the two previous names on the list, Lee Carsley isn’t available for instant hire because he is currently employed at England U21, a position he’s held since 2021. The former Premier League midfielder has been in the coaching business for over 10 years now but his experience in senior management remains limited.

Carsley began as an assistant at Coventry City back in 2012, although he did have two short tenures as caretaker at the Singers. Since 2015, the former Ireland international has mostly been coaching the youth, working the the academies of Brentford, Manchester City and Birmingham City. 

This summer, Carsley received a lot of deserved recognition in England after leading the young Lions to triumph at the U21 Euros. The analysts highlighted his attacking approach and ability to deliver results. It is for FAI to decide whether the 49-year-old is ready to make the transition to senior football.

Stephen Bradley

Stephen Bradley is the youngest of the contenders, as he only recently turned 39. Nevertheless, his solid CV and knowledge of local leagues mean that the FAI can’t simply overlook him because of his age.

Bradley’s playing career was mostly restricted to the domestic leagues and he never debuted for the national team. It was after his transition to management that he became a prominent figure in Irish football.

Bradley started out as an assistant manager at Shamrock Rovers before moving to Arsenal in 2015 to work as a scout. In 2016, he returned to Shamrock Rovers, now as the head manager, continuing working part-time as a scout for the Gunners until 2020.

The 39-year-old has overseen more than 300 matches with Shamrock Rovers, having a win rate of 56%. He won the Premier Division four consecutive times between 2020 and 2023, adding a FAI Cup and President of Ireland's Cup to the cabinet. He has been named manager of the year in Ireland on three occasions.

Mark Kennedy

Last but not least is Mark Kennedy, who was dismissed by Lincoln City back in October. At the time of his departure, the Imps were sitting 16th in League One so the sacking did not come as a surprise. 

Lincoln City was Kennedy’s only second spell in professional football. He led the Imps into 75 matches, with a win rate of 34%. Prior, the former Republic of Ireland international coached Macclesfield Town in League Two. He refused to renew his contract after the team was relegated to the National League at the end of 2019/20. In his 12 matches in charge, Macclesfield recorded just one win.

Before the switch to senior football, Kennedy had a respectable career at the youth level as he worked for the Ipswich Town, Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers academies. For now, there have been no rumours that would suggest Kennedy being in the run to become the next Republic of Ireland manager.

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