Stephen Kenny takes up Ireland job with immediate effect
Mick McCarthy is no longer the manager of the Republic of Ireland national team.
Mick McCarthy's second reign as Ireland manager has ended, with Stephen Kenny announced as his replacement.
Kenny was due to take this role after Euro 2020, but with the tournament postponed until next year, Kenny will take charge with immediate effect.
This means that it will be Kenny, the former Dundalk manager, will take charge of the playoff semi-final match against Slovakia, whenever it is to be played.
Kenny had been managing Ireland's promising under 21 side, and there has not yet been an announcement regarding who will now take that job.
A statement from the FAI reads: "The Football Association of Ireland announces that Mick McCarthy is to be succeeded as national team manager by Stephen Kenny with immediate effect. The handover has been agreed with both men in light of the delay to the European Championship play-offs caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Mick McCarthy’s contract was due to expire on July 31st after the Uefa Euro 2020 finals, with Stephen initially scheduled to step up from his Under-21 team role on August 1st.
"This move allows Stephen Kenny time to plan for the European Championship play-off semi-final against Slovakia later in the year."