Shane Duffy was full of praise for Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny as the bosses discuss the manager’s future. Kenny replaced Mick McCarthy last year and will be out of contract next summer. The Republic of Ireland cannot qualify for the World Cup ahead of their last game against Luxembourg. Despite a disastrous qualifying campaign, they managed to hold Portugal to a goalless draw. Experts have suggested that the new-look team has made significant progress.

“I think Stephen’s brilliant. He had a tough start with the whole Covid [situation] and players dropping out, and that resulted in results not going our way.” Shane Duffy said talking about Stephen Kenny. “But if you don’t think we’re going in a positive way, you’re writing the wrong stuff. We’re all going in the right direction. There’s a difference in the football we’re playing. Fans are excited about it.”

“For me, I think it’s obvious we love playing under him. We’re all fighting for him. Even during the hard situation there at the start, we were still fighting for him. That’s a sign that the players want to play for a manager.” he added. “Every single one in there and the backroom staff as well, they’re all amazing. If you went in that dressing room, everyone’s happy and that’s the way it is. That’s the first thing the manager said after. We all know the disappointments at the start of the group, we didn’t perform well enough but we want to finish the group as strong as we can. Going to Luxembourg to win is the aim and that’s what we want to do.”

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