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- Steve Bruce is now the 2/1 favourite to be the Republic of Ireland manager
- Football Association of Ireland say that Stephen Kenny will remain in charge
- Ireland could still qualify for Euro 2024
Steve Bruce is now the 2/1 favourite to be the Republic of Ireland manager
Former Newcastle manager Steve Bruce is now the 2/1 favourite to be the next manager of the Republic of Ireland with his odds tumbling massively in the past week.
UK Betting Sites have Bruce as the firm favourite to take over as the next Republic of Ireland boss following a tough run of fixtures for the international team.
Stephen Kenny's position has been under threat but the FA of Ireland came out on Thursday morning to give him their backing throughout the rest of the year.
Paddy Power though say there's a 33% chance of Bruce taking over from Kenny next with Irish bosses surely looking ahead at the future of the national team.
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Steve Bruce has moved into 2/1 favourite to be the next Republic of Ireland boss despite ROI FA saying that Stephen Kenny will remain in the role for the next two months.
Football Association of Ireland say that Stephen Kenny will remain in charge
Thursday morning saw FAI CEO Jonathan Hill hold a press conference where he said that Stephen Kenny will stay in charge for the final three games of qualifying and a friendly in November against New Zealand.
The Republic of Ireland have won just 5 of 26 competitive games during Kenny's reign and that poor form doesn't show signs of stopping.
It looks like Kenny has those October and November internationals to turn their fortunes around and eventually save his job.
Ireland failed to qualify for Euro 2024
Ireland need a miracle to qualify for Euro 2024 automatically after the first five games in the group stages but there are other ways they can qualify.
The glimmer of hope that Republic of Ireland have is that they can qualify via the Nations League Play-Offs in a series of complicated possibilites.
The guys over at balls.ie have given the full rundown of just how Ireland can qualify:
- If Ireland want to enter the Nations League B play-off route, they need six teams teams ahead of them in Nations League B to qualify automatically. Of the nine teams ahead of them in League B, Serbia, Scotland, Ukraine, and Slovenia are currently qualifying automatically.
- The next chance for Ireland would come in the Nations League A play-off route. If each team in League A qualifies automatically, there will be four additional play-off spots up for grabs. One of these would go to the highest-ranked team in League D (Estonia), with the other three going to the three highest-ranked sides in League B not already (a) qualified automatically, or (b) already in the League B play-offs. Currently, Ireland would fall into this category and secure a play-off place - if every team in League A were to qualify automatically.
- In simple terms: Ireland need the vast majority of the teams ahead of them to qualify automatically for the tournament, and for as few upsets as possible to occur in the qualifying groups. If at least 19 teams ahead of Ireland in the Nations League standings qualify automatically, they are assured of a play-off place.
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