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Stephen Kenny sacked by Shamrock Rovers

Updated: Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012 17:07 | Comments

Stephen Kenny lasted less than a year as Shamrock Rovers manager
Stephen Kenny lasted less than a year as Shamrock Rovers manager

Shamrock Rovers have parted company with manager Stephen Kenny less than nine months after he took charge of the Tallaght club.

Kenny joined Rovers from Derry City in December as Michael O’Neill’s replacement but was never able to replicate the success of the Northern Ireland man at Tallaght.

A 1-0 defeat to Bohemians on Monday night appeared to be the last straw and assistant manager Stephen Glass will take temporary charge of team affairs ahead of Friday night's FAI Ford Cup quarter-final against Shelbourne.

Kenny’s time at Rovers has been a largely unsuccessful one.

Following in the footsteps of O’Neill, who brought back-to-back league titles to the club, the Setanta Cup and Europa League group football, he struggled to live up to expectations at Tallaght.

Rovers' title challenge faded away at an early stage and the club bowed out of European football after just one tie, losing to Lithanian side FK Ekranas in the first qualifying stage of the Champions League.

Shamrock Rovers chairman Jonathan Roche said: "We have not taken this decision lightly and we are extremely disappointed with the turn of events.

"However, the club feels that this is the right decision at this time, and attention now turns to Friday night's FAI Ford Cup game against Shelbourne and identifying the next manager of Shamrock Rovers.

"We would like to wish take this opportunity to wish Stephen the best for the future."

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