Richie Sadlier is struggling to see how the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2020 play-off against Slovakia will take place in June.

UEFA confirmed yesterday that the summer's finals have been postponed until 2021, with Ireland's play-off semi-final provisionally pencilled in for three months' time.

Mick McCarthy's men were originally supposed to take on the Slovaks on 29 March, but the spread of the coronavirus put paid to that. 

Sadlier said delaying the tournament was the only call to make, but admitted it's very difficult not to imagine a further reshuffling of the schedule.

"The crisis has got to the point where it was the only practical decision to be made," he told RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland programme.

"It gives the national leagues and all the club competitions the chance to be completed at the end of this season. It wasn't possible to imagine how that would be doable if the Euros was this summer.

"All of this will obviously be determined by government health and travel policies. The plan at the moment is for the play-off to happen somewhere between 1 and 9 June, but we'll wait and see if that's possible.

"I don't know how that game would be played in the first ten days of June given what the Taoiseach said last night." 

The postponement of the Euros potentially gives the FAI another headache, one that was impossible to foresee. Stephen Kenny was supposed to take the reins in August, with McCarthy getting a campaign to try and bring the country to a major tournament.

There are now lots of grey areas surrounding the handover. 

"The wider issue is what the FAI will do with the managerial situation," Sadlier added.

"Stephen Kenny is due to come in to take over in charge of the senior team in August, Mick McCarthy's contract will have expired by then because the Euros should have been completed. 

"Now, with the Euros having been moved to next summer, the FAI will have to decide how they can negotiate their way out of a situation in which two managers will have reasonable claim to be the manager of the first team.

"But Niall Quinn came out yesterday and gave the right approach - there's actual challenges to be faced here, let's not spend too much time and energy debating hypothetical ones."