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Bonner Says FAI 'Encouraged' With Kenny Progress As Contract Decision Looms

Bonner Says FAI 'Encouraged' With Kenny Progress As Contract Decision Looms

It is difficult to imagine a scenario where Stephen Kenny is not in charge of the Republic of Ireland for the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.

The manager's contract runs until June of next year, with the team facing into two friendlies and four UEFA Nations League games before then. Some believe the FAI should wait until those fixtures have been played before making a decision on any sort of extension.

However, considering the strides Ireland have made in recent times, it would seem like a logical step to sign Kenny up for the next campaign as soon as possible.

The FAI will not be making any decision on the matter until they meet later this month, although Packie Bonner has confirmed that he has been 'encouraged' with the team's growth in recent times.

Speaking to RTÉ, the legendary former Ireland goalkeeper and current FAI board member said they will be reviewing the World Cup campaign as a whole in making any decision about Kenny's long-term future.

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That decision will be made eventually and I think everybody knows that.

The next board meeting we are going to have a review of the World Cup campaign in its entirety. All of us will give our opinion on that and then Stephen's contract will be dealt with. We've all been encouraged, it's a progression, we've all been encouraged by what's happened.

I'm glad to see the senior team do so well, glad for the older players on the senior team, their confidence is back. Shane Duffy was up with Celtic, he had a tough time. I sat down and talked to him about it.

While you would never expect any sort of commitment before that meeting, it would be a big surprise were we not hear news of a Kenny contract extension in the weeks ahead.

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