“If Kenny was managing in the Premier League or the Championship he would have lost his job by now.”

Ireland have scored three goals in ten games and are still to get a win, not good enough for Stephen Kenny you would have to think thus far and very worrying if you’re the former Dundalk manager. One former Irish player thinks if Kenny gets the boot now, he would have no complaints.

“He’s probably at the moment thinking that he might get a phone call from the CEO saying, ‘You know, Stephen, thanks but no thanks we’re going to go in a different direction’, Lawrenson told Off The Ball.

“In all honesty, he could not complain after the lack of results that we’ve got.

“If Kenny was managing in the Premier League or the Championship he would have lost his job by now.

“It is a real cut-throat business. The problem is everybody likes him.

“He is obviously a very honest and decent man but I would say to you the next tranche of games will be the most important of his life.”

“If we do not do particularly well then I think the FAI would look to make a change,” the 63-year-old added.

“The problem with Stephen is that we cannot win. As much as you feel sorry for him we just cannot win.

“I bet he is kept up all day and night thinking about ways in which he can change.

“He does not have to change wholesale. Just get the ball up the pitch quicker.”

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