Former Republic of Ireland and St Patrick’s Athletic manager Brian Kerr believes that Shamrock Rovers have acted too hastily in sacking manager Stephen Kenny.

Kenny was released by Rovers yesterday, less than nine months after taking charge of the Tallaght club.

The Tallaght native had a tough act to follow in Michael O’Neill, who had taken Rovers to back-to-back league titles as well as the group stages of the Europa League.

Under Kenny, the Hoops' title challenge defence faded at an premature stage and the club bowed out of European competition after just one qualification tie.

However, Kerr believes that given time, Kenny could have been a success and has hit out at Rovers for taking the decision to remove their manager.

“I think it was a rash decision. Stephen only came in somewhere after Michael O’Neill and it was late enough in the summer when Michael O’Neill took the position of Northern Ireland coach,” Kerr said on RTÉ’s Drivetime.

“He didn’t really have much chance to change the squad he inherited and the mid-season transfer window isn’t the best time to get the players you want.

“I understand the fact that they’re 13 points behind Sligo and unlikely to win the league but they’re still going for the cup and in a bit of a scrap with Pat’s and Drogheda for second place.

“Stephen was the best manager and best young manager in the country for years. He did a great job at Bohemians, a magnificent job at Derry in two spells and I don’t think it’s the good decision.

Kerr also believes that Kenny suffered from a lack of support from the Rovers board.

“The writing was on the walls going back to the last difficult period he had when it was noticeable at the time that the club and the management of the club never came out and gave him any real backing,” he insisted.