Niall Quinn says he finds the Republic of Ireland’s managerial situation "peculiar".
Last month the Football Association of Ireland appointed Mick McCarthy as boss for a 20-month spell that will come to an end at the latest on 12 July 2020, at the end of the European Championships.
At that point, or likely beforehand, Stephen Kenny, who left Dundalk to take over as national Under-21 boss, will jump into the hot seat.
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Former Arsenal and Sunderland striker Quinn played alongside and under McCarthy, who replaced Martin O’Neill, when the manager was in charge of Ireland between 1996 and 2002.
"I think it’s great to know that Stephen Kenny is coming in and that we can build on it and he can learn off [Mick] but putting a date on it was the peculiar part in my reckoning," Quinn told RTÉ Radio 1’s Marian Finucane show.
"Looking at it I can see why they did it. It’s a classic each-way bet – if this one doesn’t work out we’ve another one, a two-horse race, we’ll back the two of them.
"But at the same time Mick could be going really well and I don’t know what’s going to happen. Will Mick McCarthy walk away from a team that’s just qualified for the Euros and had a great time at the Euros and everybody’s in love with it and is it right to take that risk?
"That’s the [part] that’s a little bit tricky but look it’s a good problem to have down the road and I wish them both well.
"I’m delighted for League of Ireland that Stephen Kenny is up [there] and around it and being recognised. He’s a hugely talented guy."