Next Ireland manager betting: Latest odds on who could replace Stephen Kenny

The FAI have a big decision to make.



*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change

A 1-1 draw with lowly New Zealand on Tuesday, 21st of November proved to be the last act of Stephen Kenny’s managerial reign over the Irish national team after just two victories (against Gibraltar) in Ireland’s Euro 24 campaign.

Kenny had over three years at the helm and support for the former Ireland U-21 and Dundalk manger waned after a series of poor results and performances.

The hunt for Kenny’s replacement is still on and a decision is needed soon as we’re just a month away from Ireland’s March friendlies against Belgium and Switzerland.

Those clashes will be preparation for Ireland’s Nations League campaign later this year, which will see a couple of thrilling clashes against England, before focus switches to qualifying for the 2026 World Cup.

Who’ll be in charge for any or all of these? A few of these names are among the favourites to be Next Republic of Ireland manager.

John O’Shea

While John O’Shea might be lacking in international managerial experience, or any managerial experience for that matter, perhaps a change in direction might do the trick? The former Ireland and Manchester United defender won the lot as a player at club level and would bring a wealth of recent-playing knowledge to the set up. He was part of Stephen Kenny’s backroom team and he could be a popular appointment with the players.

John O’Shea Next Permanent Republic of Ireland Manager

Lee Carsley

Former Premier League baldy midfield hardman turned England Under 21s manager Lee Carsley still features highly on Paddy’s traders’ list, despite suggestions he’s turned down the job. Carsley led the England U21s to their first European Championship win since 1984, beating Spain in the final.

Might he have a change of heart if the England top job or a Premier League side don’t come calling?

Lee Carsley Next Permanent Republic of Ireland Manager

Anthony Barry

Liverpudlian Anthony Barry was part of the Ireland coaching set up from 2021-22 under Stephen Kenny. He’s currently fulfilling two pretty high-profile jobs in an assistant role, one with Thomas Tuchel at Bayern Munich and another with Roberto Martinez with the Portugal national side.

On leaving the Belgian team, Martinez took Barry with him to Portugal. During his time with Ireland he was also involved with Chelsea so he has plenty of experience coaching. Would the FAI take a risk and go for a good coach with no managerial experience? They’ve done it before.

Anthony Barry Next Permanent Republic of Ireland Manager

Anthony Hudson

Anthony Hudson is the former USA assistant manager and it’s claimed he was talked about as a potential Kenny replacement.

Hudson, who is currently in charge of Al-Markhiya in Qatar, was one of the youngest coaches to earn the UEFA Pro Licence but would he be a shrewd appointment by the FAI?

Anthony Hudson Next Permanent Republic of Ireland Manager


      Neil Lennon

      The former Celtic boss is probably the name on this list with the biggest heft if we’re talking silverware. He won the lot in Scotland and despite leading Greek side Omonia to the Cypriot Cup in 2022 and good showings in the following Europa League campaign, he was let go in October 2022 and is still looking for work.

      Neil Lennon Next Permanent Republic of Ireland Manager

      Gus Poyet

      Former Chelsea and Spurs midfielder Gus Poyet has been making flirty eyes at the Ireland job since Greece’s matches against the Boys in Green. The Greeks beat Ireland 2-1 at home and 0-2 in Dublin, following which Poyet said that he’d love to manage Ireland. With a win rate of 55% in his currant role there are plenty of Irish fans who would be more than happy to have the Uruguayan at the helm.

      Gus Poyet Next Permanent Republic of Ireland Manager

          Chris Coleman

          Chris Coleman has been in charge of a national team before, with Coleman guiding Wales to the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

          Coleman has since been in charge of Sunderland, Chinese club Hebei China Fortune and Greek outfit Atromitos but is he the right man for the job? It’s claimed he was offered the job but he declined the FAI’s offer…

            Chris Coleman Next Permanent Republic of Ireland Manager

              Roy Keane, November 2023

                Roy Keane

                Now, this would be box office. Roy Keane worked with Martin O’Neill in the Irish set up and has been the top dog at Sunderland and Ipswich to varying degrees of success.

                He led Sunderland to Premier League promotion in 2006/07 before leaving the club the following season on typically less-than cordial terms as the Mackems’ form nose-dived. More used to being a No. 2 or a pundit these days, would he be tempted to return if asked?

                Roy Keane Next Permanent Republic of Ireland Manager

                    Steve Bruce

                    Cuddly former goal-scoring centre back turned journeyman manager Steve Bruce is currently in the wilderness following a brief spell at West Brom which came shortly after bowing out at Newcastle in 2021. However,  while a club career might be at an end for the 63-year-old he could bring a wealth of experience to the international stage.

                    Recent news has suggested that someone is willing to pay some of his salary, social media went into overdrive with suggestions it was John Delaney doing it for the craic.

                    Steve Bruce Next Permanent Republic of Ireland Manager

                    Chris Hughton

                    Chris Hughton‘s name features prominently at the time of writing and it would be something of a return to the old days for Ireland with the former Nottingham Forest and Brighton boss preferring to put defence first and keep things tight. He would come in at a pretty low ebb following a dire spell at Forest where he got the boot at the start of the 2021/22 season and an underwhelming spell in charge of the Ghana national side.

                    He was part of Brian Kerr’s back-room team during his reign in charge, though, and might just be tempted to take the job – if offered it.

                    Chris Hughton Next Permanent Republic of Ireland Manager

                      Robbie Keane, Ireland, June 2023

                        Robbie Keane

                          Robbie Keane‘s name is going a tad under the radar. Many will feel he was mistreated by Stephen Kenny during his time. Keane had been part of the Mick McCarthy setup and was there for the first part of the Kenny era, although was mostly ignored.

                          He has since worked with Jonathan Woodgate and Sam Allardyce at Middlesbrough and Leeds respectively and now is head honcho at Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv.

                            Robbie Keane Next Permanent Republic of Ireland Manager

                              Sam Allardyce

                              One for the purists. After sealing back-to-back relegations in his last two Premier League jobs Big Sam Allardyce might fancy another crack at international football management and comes with a beaming 100% record from his time in charge of England. How did that end? Don’t worry about that. Just look at that 100 per cent winning record, eh?

                              Sam Allardyce Next Permanent Republic of Ireland Manager

                              Damien Duff

                              The former Irish international seems to be following in Stephen Kenny’s footsteps and is plying his trade in the League of Ireland with Shelbourne after a spell coaching the national team’s youth ranks. He guided the Reds back into the Premier Division where they currently sit in a healthy sixth position at the time of writing.

                              Known as a wily and tricky winger, we’ve yet to see this style in Shels who prefer to break quickly and keep pretty solid at the back. Damien Duff might be just the thing this Ireland team need.

                              Damien Duff Next Permanent Republic of Ireland Manager

                              Rafa Benitez

                              This one would surely made the Liverpool-supporting Irish fans jump for joy. The rest of us might grumble a bit though as the former Reds’ boss is having a torrid time at Celta Vigo despite having signed a three-year contract. One thing you can’t argue with however is his experience and record of landing silverware. Long-known for getting the best out of players he’d surely fit the bill for the job at hand.

                              He’d likely need an assistant who knows the set-up too so we could see a rekindling of the Benitez-Robbie Keane relationship or Damien Duff would fit too. Benitez‘s style of football isn’t the prettiest at times but it is effective and his coaching would surely do the current squad the world of good.

                              Rafa Benitez Next Permanent Republic of Ireland Manager

                              *All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change

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