Keith Duggan: Kenny shows there’s more to Republic of Ireland side than results

Manager’s vision popular with many, but scrutiny is sure to intensify

Stephen Kenny:   pointed out that Ireland have not qualified for a World Cup since 2002. “Did anyone think we were favourites?” Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Stephen Kenny: pointed out that Ireland have not qualified for a World Cup since 2002. “Did anyone think we were favourites?” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

“He inherited a wasteland,” Eamon Dunphy said recently as he presented the desolate state of Irish football as handed to the current Irish manager Stephen Kenny.

It feels longer than just three years since Dunphy left RTÉ, ending a 40-year association during which he was the most distinctive voice in a hugely influential Greek chorus for Ireland’s national football team.

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