Mick McCarthy and Stephen Kenny both set to manage Ireland 5 months ago

Mick McCarthy and Stephen Kenny both set to manage Ireland

The Dundalk manager is set to take over in two years time.

Following reports that Mick McCarthy has agreed a deal to be named the next manager of the Republic of Ireland soccer team comes a new twist in the tale.

On Saturday evening, it emerged that both McCarthy and Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny will be hired, with Kenny set to succeed McCarthy after the European Championships in 2020.

RTÉ reports that the Football Association of Ireland is close to securing a deal for the services of both managers.

The FAI parted ways with Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane by mutual agreement on Wednesday morning.

Kenny is expected to be named as Ireland U21's manager until 2020, while McCarthy is set to be officially unveiled imminently, with a press conference scheduled in the next 48 hours.

It is understood that Kenny will also oversee the Under 15, 17 and 19 programmes as the successor to Noel King.

He is expected to leave his post at Dundalk effective immediately.

The draw for the group stages of Euro 2020 qualification, meanwhile, takes place in Dublin next Sunday.