Stephen Kenny was today appointed Ireland's national football coach, replacing Mick McCarthy, in a planned but anticipated succession due to the covid-19 pandemic.
"The Irish Football Association announces that Mick McCarthy will be replaced by Stephen Kenny as coach of the national team with immediate effect," said the organization.
The institution ensured that the immediate exchange, which was scheduled for August 1, "was agreed with the two coaches" when the play-offs were postponed to Euro2020, which will only be held in 2021.
Stephen Kenny led the under-21s and was supposed to take office only at the end of Euro2020, meanwhile postponed until 11 June to 11 July, but next year, due to the pandemic of covid-19.
In search of a place in the European, the first opponent in the 'play-offs' will be Slovakia, and, in the event of a triumph, the Republic of Ireland will face anyone who passes in the clash between Northern Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Euro2020 play-off games scheduled for the end of March will be played at the international window in early June, subject to a reassessment of the situation.
The new coronavirus, responsible for the pandemic of covid-19, has infected more than 1.2 million people worldwide, of whom more than 59,000 died.
Of the cases of infection, more than 211 thousand are considered cured.
After appearing in China in December, the outbreak spread across the world, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a pandemic situation.
The European continent, with more than 603 thousand infected and more than 43 thousand dead, is the one with the highest number of cases, and Italy is the country in the world with the most fatalities, 14,681 deaths in 119,827 confirmed cases until today.