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FAI to name Ireland manager in the ‘next short while’

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The FAI appear to be edging closer to naming a new manager for the Republic of Ireland men’s team, following a board meeting in Abbotstown this evening.

With the FAI still yet to replace Stephen Kenny, whose contract was not renewed after Ireland failed to qualify for Euro 2024, questions remain as to whether there will be a manager in situ when the draw for the UEFA Nations League is made in Paris on 8 February.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, FAI chairman Tony Keohane declined to give a timeline as to when the manager will be named, but claimed that it will be sooner rather than later.

“I’d expect it in the next short while,” he said. “I don’t want to give an absolute time because these things are a work-in-progress, but in the not-too-distant future.”

Reports have claimed that the FAI have Lee Carsley at the top of their list but that they may be struggling to convince him to take the role. Neil Lennon has indicated his interest in the job, while Gus Poyet also appears to be interested.

When asked if the FAI were working off a shortlist of options or whether they had focused on one option they were trying to get over the line, Keohane declined to answer, saying: “I would prefer to make no comment on that.”

FAI President Paul Cooke was similarly tight-lipped, although he did appear to indicate that it is indeed a short list of candidates rather than a single target that the FAI are chasing.

“We only got an update. It went well, we received the update quite well,” he replied when asked about the meeting.

“There’s no timeline at the moment. We will have a manager as soon as we identify the appropriate candidate and they accept that role.

“Numerous people have been identified.”

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