Ray Houghton backs Stephen Kenny as Republic of Ireland boss but says results needed soon

Ray Houghton (Image: ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo)

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Ray Houghton has backed Stephen Kenny to stay on as Republic of Ireland boss but also said that results are needed soon.

Kenny has just one win since taking over as Ireland boss with that coming as a friendly victory against Andorra.

And in his reign, Kenny has been in charge to a shock loss to Luxembourg and a lacklustre draw against Azerbaijan.

But Ray Houghton has backed Kenny to succeed but also reckons the former Dundalk boss needed to get results soon.

Speaking to Paddy Power, Houghton said of the Ireland manager: "Football is a results industry and people say, ‘oh well, you know that’s short-termism’. Well, it might be, but the reality is every Republic of Ireland manager (and the players) has always been judged on what you’ve done on the pitch.

"There’s no good saying, ‘well in four years’ time this is what we might do’. That’s because in four years’ time you don’t know where you’re going to be.

Stephen Kenny
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"You don’t know whether there will be injuries to players, or who has retired, what players are going through, so you can’t plan that far down the line."

And the Ireland legend said he'd like to see Kenny finish his World Cup qualification campaign.

"I’d give him the campaign and then I would assess where we finished, how many points did we get, and is there improvement as far as the team is concerned? They are the categories that the FAI should be looking at.

"Don’t change at this stage, wait until the end of the campaign. But, I’ll go back to that’s how you judge a manager is what have you achieved, what have you done, what games have you won, what have you lost, what were the reasons why you lost? Then we’ve got to assess all that and make a big judgement call at the end of the campaign."

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