Stephen Kenny Republic of Ireland extends contract until 2024 | Football News Sky News

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Stephen Kenny has signed a new contract as Republic of Ireland boss that leads him to the 2024 UEFA European Championship campaign.

The 50-year-old’s contract was due to expire in July, but both sides were confident of a new deal.

Kenny has lost just one of his last 10 games as national team boss after failing to win 11 opening games after taking over from Mick McCarthy.

Kenny said: “I consider it the greatest honor to lead my country and I am happy to extend my contract. The players are incredibly proud to play for Ireland and in recent performances we have witnessed a strong bond between the team and the Irish fans.

“The attitude of the players has been phenomenal, we have seen the team grow and develop and I can’t wait to see the team reach its potential with Keith Andrews and the whole team. With the fans’ recent return to the stadiums, I want to highlight the importance of passionate Irish fans both at home and away. Finally, to the international team. I would like to express my gratitude to Jonathan and the FAI Board for sharing our confidence.”

Welcoming the contract extension, which will come into effect immediately, FAI CEO Jonathan Hill said: “On behalf of all members of the Association, I am delighted to announce this news today. The board of directors gave me clear instructions to accept a deal that gives Stephen the next UEFA Nations League and Euro 2024 campaigns at a time when the future of this young Irish side is very exciting.

“Stephen and I have agreed on this deal and we look forward to working together as we work to guide Ireland to the next European Championship final.”

Missing the Winter World Cup next year in Qatar, Kenny’s next competitive fixture will be the Republic’s first four Nations League fixtures next June.

Ireland drew with Ukraine, Scotland and Armenia in Group B1 and their last two matches will be played in September.

Before that, they will play friendly matches against Belgium and Lithuania in March.

The Euro 2024 qualifying draw will be held in Germany in October.

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