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Paul McGrath Has Doubts About Stephen Kenny's Ireland Future

Paul McGrath Has Doubts About Stephen Kenny's Ireland Future

Paul McGrath believes Stephen Kenny may not be the right manager to turn Ireland into a winning team.

16 games into Kenny's reign and his only win remains a 4-1 friendly victory against Andorra back in June.

"When I watched the Portugal and Serbia games, the football that the lads played, in midfield and playing out from the back, they really are good players, but I have to say, it’s my belief that Stephen might not be the person to take us on to that level where we are starting to win things again," McGrath told 2FM's Game On.

"I like Stephen, I love what he done with Dundalk, but there is something about Stephen in his way with the team at the moment, I don’t think he is going to change just because we are losing or drawing most games.

"I think we do need to change. If we are losing games, we need to go to something else to try and win.

"I think he has a tough job. Maybe some of the players aren’t as good as players we have had in the past, and I understand every country goes through that, but it would be nice to get a couple of wins and I hope Stephen does.

"Maybe he will prove me wrong."

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McGrath said he can understand why Kenny wants to play a passing style of football, "I just don’t see why we should abandon other options," he added.

"If you can’t play out, and you are getting caught every time you try and play out, I genuinely think as an ex-footballer, you have to have a second option.

"You have to have that ball over the top. You have to have someone reading what you are going to do so we can chase it.

"You can’t just keep playing football in the middle of the pitch, making nice arcs and circles. I think you have to put the ball into the box if you want to score goals. Goals are what we are lacking at the moment."

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