FOOTBALL Association of Ireland chief executive Jonathan Hill has said he isn’t worried about missing out on Ireland’s next men’s team manager by allowing Stephen Kenny continue in his role until November.
The FAI CEO also said he did not know Lee Carsley personally, but would not be drawn on the former England U21 coach or any other potential candidates until after the Board meets in November, in what now clearly will be a meeting to end Kenny’s reign as manager.
Hill also said he hasn’t been approached by Uefa to take over the running of Euro 2028, amid speculation that he will be awarded the role as Tournament Director after the position is created, following Ireland’s successful co-bid with England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, being ratified in October.
On the next Ireland manager, Hill said that just because someone might be available now for the job, doesn’t mean that another strong candidate won’t be free when the time comes to appoint Kenny’s successor.
Responding to a question from the media at Abbotstown on Thursday, Hill said: “Your point: ‘Does that mean you’re going to miss someone who is available today?’ well tomorrow they may not be available.
“But then someone else may be available when we come to the point in November – it’s a point in time.
“And that’s the point in time in which we decided to sit down as a board and to review the situation in November.”
When asked if Hill knew Lee Carsley, he responded: “I don’t know Lee.”
Mark Canham – the FAI’s director of football - when asked the same question said: “I know lots of people in football, which I’d hope you would expect me to, in my role.”
Hill said he didn’t “think it was appropriate to talk about individuals” until after theRead on irishexaminer.com