RTÉ Soccer pundits Richie Sadlier and Liam Brady clashed over whether Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny should be offered a new contract following the side's 0-0 draw with Portugal in Dublin.

The result against the team ranked eight in the world means that Ireland can finish in third place in Group A with any victory in the Grand Duchy on Sunday.

In his programme notes last night Kelly wrote of, "style of play [being]... essential to the identity of the team. We want the players to enjoy their football and this sense of joy to be reflected in their performances."

But we all know the one about football being a results-based business, and it was a defeat against Luxembourg in March, as well as a draw with Azerbaijan just over two months ago, that led some to call for a change in direction away from the former Dundalk and Longford Town supremo.

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After that it will be the Nations League in June and September of next year, with the draw for that set to take place next month in Montreux.

For Sadlier, a recent upturn in fortunes is reason enough to give the Tallaght native the chance to lead Ireland through qualification for Euro 2024.

"I think we've seen enough from the manager," he said.

"We know how he approaches the game, we know how the players have responded, we know all the results.

"It's a night of positives. They're right within the group to be pleased with how tonight went, and to focus on the positives, and to believe they're going somewhere.

"Doherty, Idah and Hendrick haven't started a league game yet for their clubs this season - we're nearly three months in. Ogbene and McGrath made their international debuts in June.

"These aren't the group of players that any previous set of supporters or manager have been looking at, so given where they are, and where we were earlier in the group, I think they've recovered well. We don't know how far this team can go.

"I hope my positivity doesn't sound like it's couached in negativity because the realistic expectations of the squad we have, given that so many of them are new to international football, has to be factored into any analysis.

"The friendlies in March aren't particularly important. If he's not the manager [for the Euro 2024 qualifiers] then get him out of there and get the proper manager to take the full Nations League campaign.

"There's an advantage to replacing him [now] if he's going to be replaced [anyway]."

Brady, who played 72 times for Ireland during the 1970s and 1980s, took a different tack, arguing that the FAI should see how Ireland's Nations League campaign goes before making a decision on whether Kenny should lead the Republic into the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.

"I don't want people to think I'm mealy-mouthed about Stephen Kenny," the former Juventus midfielder began.

"I think he's doing a pretty good job. Whether he's the man to take it forward, nor not, I think we should wait before we make that decision.

"Why should we make the decision now? He's got another eight months to run on his contract, so why don't we wait?"

Brady and Sadlier disagreed over the timing of a potential new contract for Kenny

Pushed on whether a new contract might give Kenny a confidence boost, Brady added: "It's not about him; it's about whether or not we can qualify for the next Euros.

"That's what he said, that's what his aim is. He said the World Cup was beyond us. I think he was honest about that. He didn't say it at the outset, he said it when the whole thing was done and dusted.

"The FAI have a chance to assess him even further. We've done it too often in the past, given out contracts and then it has backfired on us.

"I would wait."

All of that might become immaterial were Ireland to lose once more to Luxembourg, and the result on Sunday might go a long way towards deciding which route the FAI might take.