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Saturday 4 February 2023 Dublin: 3°C

# Stephen Kenny

This week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# Update
Evan Ferguson avoids knee ligament damage but bruised bone keeps Brighton on alert
Hopes now grow that the Brighton teenager will return in time to be available for Ireland’s opening Euro 2024 qualifier.
Last week
22nd January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# dreams
The Irishman aiming for a Hollywood ending in Wales
Thomas O’Connor will be hoping to inspire Wrexham to another memorable cup upset on Sunday.
# Feature
Footballers’ lives: A glimpse into the struggle, fortune and enduring beauty of the game
The42 spends a weekend in the north-west of England with an array of Irish football people, including Stephen Kenny, John O’Shea and the great hope Nathan Collins.
Last month
January 2023
# Talks
Ireland chief scout Stephen Rice in frame for Swindon Town job
The League Two side will hold talks with the 38-year-old as boss Stephen Kenny faces prospect of losing valued staff member.
# CHALLENGE AHEAD
Ireland remain prisoners to fortune as they bid for a brighter year
France visit Dublin in March for the start of a Euro 2024 qualifying campaign that could be career-defining for Stephen Kenny.
Last year
2022
# Mixed Fortunes
Ireland move up in latest Fifa rankings, Argentina fail to displace rivals
Brazil remain top despite their recent quarter-final loss to Croatia.
# Ready to go
Latvia confirmed as Ireland's first opponents of 2023
The game will serve as important preparation for Stephen Kenny’s men’s European Championship qualification campaign.
# Review
Kenny's Ireland don't need to look far for inspiration after largely forgettable 12 months
It’s been a mixed year for the Irish team.
# Landmark
History as Republic of Ireland cap first Belfast-born player since 1946
Bristol City’s Mark Sykes came off the bench late on in the win over Malta.
# Opinion
Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Malta
Jamie McGrath and Callum O’Dowda were among the bright sparks on a night that won’t live long in the memory.
# Reaction
'It wasn't a classic, we know that, and we know there is room for improvement'
Ireland manager Stephen Kenny praises his side for overcoming tough conditions and keeping clean sheet.
# Report
Underwhelming end to Ireland's 2022 as Robinson secures victory over Malta
This 1-0 win will be quickly forgotten as manager Stephen Kenny builds towards European Championship qualifiers next March.
# fresh faces
Stephen Kenny makes five changes as Ireland bid to end 2022 on a high against Malta
Caoimhín Kelleher replaces Gavin Bazunu in goal, while captain Seamus Coleman is reinstated as James McClean also closes in on 100th cap.
# talking point
Groundhog day at the Aviva
It was another disappointing night for Stephen Kenny as Ireland suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Norway.
# Reaction
Kenny laments 'cheap' set-piece goals in Norway defeat
Ireland conceded from a corner and free-kick in a 2-1 loss.
# Have your say
Do you agree with our Ireland team to face Norway?
Stephen Kenny is expected to name a strong side at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow night.
# too late now
Stephen Kenny backs Norwegian manager's 'legitimate criticism' of Qatar World Cup
Norway and Ireland meet in Dublin for a friendly international tomorrow night.
# recognition
Cullen and McCabe among the winners in Ireland's player-of-the-year awards
Gavin Bazunu and Conor Coventry were also honoured.
# defusal
Stephen Kenny sidesteps potential war of words with Martin O'Neill
O’Neill has been critical of Kenny’s assistant Keith Andrews in his new autobiography.
# Potential
What happened next for one of the stars of Stephen Kenny's Ireland U21 team?
Conor Masterson on life at Championship leaders QPR and his hopes for the future.
# Unhappy
Stephen Kenny hits out at 'lack of transparency' over Euro 2024 qualifier fixtures
The Irish manager is disappointed that his side won’t play in their group’s final round of fixtures.
# best and worst
Kenny's reign will be defined by Euro 2024 - Ireland need a favourable qualifier draw
We look at the best and worst scenarios for Ireland at Sunday’s draw in Frankfurt.
# Looking Back
Top scorer? Most appearances? Analysing Ireland's last 8 games under Stephen Kenny
The Boys in Green have had some mixed results in recent times.
# zeroin
'It was too strong. It wasn't a word I should have used' - Stephen Kenny in reflective mood
The Ireland manager admits his frustration at how the Nations League ended, as he eyes more clean sheets in Euro 2024 campaign.
# Fans Favourite
'The match-going stadium fans are still 100% behind Stephen Kenny'
Football Family podcast hears that Ireland’s hardcore support is united in its backing of the manager.
# protection
'I’m thankful that he had my back... I’m glad that he said what he said'
Michael Obafemi praises Stephen Kenny for support as he looks to draw a line under club issues at Swansea City.
# Potential
5 Ireland U21 players who could soon graduate to the senior team
Will Smallbone and others that Stephen Kenny might be tempted to call upon.
# Opinion
3 winners and losers from Ireland's latest international window
Stephen Kenny has plenty to contemplate after an eventful last few days.
# Analysis
How 23 seconds of apathy was catalyst for a fragile Ireland meltdown
Examining the build-up to a reckless two-minute spell that has raised yet more questions about this side.
# talking point
Contrasting treatment of Kenny and Southgate shows football is more than just a results business
The reactions to the two managers are a window into their respective national team’s psyches, writes Paul Fennessy.
# Reaction
'We were 2-0 up and went chasing the third goal when we didn’t need to'
Stephen Kenny praised his side’s performance despite a ‘few minutes of madness’ in blowing a two-goal lead against Armenia.
# Have your say
Do you agree with our Ireland team to face Armenia?
Stephen Kenny is expected to make a couple of changes from the Scotland game.
# Reaction
Kenny laments 'contentious' penalty in Scotland defeat
Ryan Christie’s penalty condemned Ireland to a 2-1 loss in Glasgow.
AS IT HAPPENED
Scotland v Ireland, Nations League
Ireland faced Scotland as they attempted to pick up a second successive win over Steve Clarke’s side.
# Evolution
'We’re not at our full potential' - Kenny promises further Irish improvement
Kenny was speaking on the eve of Ireland’s Nations League tie against Scotland.
# Return
'He said: I want to be here, I want to prove that I want to play for Ireland again'
Jim Crawford is delighted to have Aaron Connolly on board for the crucial upcoming clashes with Israel.
# International Friendlies
Ireland to play Norway and Malta in November
Two fixtures have been announced for Stephen Kenny’s side today.
# Have your say
Do you agree with our Ireland team to face Scotland?
Stephen Kenny has some tough calls to make for Saturday’s game.
# backing
Kenny confident Nathan Collins won't be affected by sending off against Man City
The Irish manager says Collins’ red card for a flying tackle on Jack Grealish is uncharacteristic.
# Challenges
Boom and bust cycle a harsh reality as Ireland search for consistency
While goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu is under the spotlight in the Premier League, Stephen Kenny will be hoping attacking trio can shine this month.