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Stephen Kenny is ahead of Stephen Bradley AND Damien Duff

STEPHEN KENNY is reportedly the preferred candidate for the vacant managerial position at Lincoln City.

While Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Bradley continues to be linked with a move to the LNER Stadium, The mirror State that Kenny is at the top of their wish list.

The Tallaght native admitted last month that his time as coach of the national team was probably up

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The Tallaght native admitted last month that his time as coach of the national team was probably up
Bradley's star player Jack Byrne has also been linked with them, while former Bohs star Danny Mandroiu currently plies his trade there

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Bradley’s star player Jack Byrne has also been linked with them, while former Bohs star Danny Mandroiu currently plies his trade there
Damien Duff is certainly not going anywhere after Shels' Irish stakeholders pulled out all the stops to keep him

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Damien Duff is certainly not going anywhere after Shels’ Irish stakeholders pulled out all the stops to keep him

His disappointing and much-debated spell as Republic of Ireland manager looks set to come to an end after next week’s double-header.

And so the Imps seem keen to reach out to him to gauge his interest in the position.

They have been without a permanent coach since former Ireland midfielder Mark Kennedy was sacked three weeks ago.

Kenny’s contract expires at the end of the Euro 2024 qualification, so compensation would not be an issue for the England team.

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Last year Bradley held talks about a possible move before ultimately deciding to stay at Tallaght Stadium.

His name has been linked to them again since Kennedy was shown the door.

And the two Stephens are not the only prominent Irish figures taking the lead there.

There may be less doubt when Damien Duff takes the reins, but he is also one of the bookmakers’ favorites alongside the likes of Nathan Jones and Danny Cowley.

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Plus, as of last night, Duffer’s future seems far more secure.

After a chaotic few hours at Tolka Park, he is said to have won a battle of wills with majority owner Acun Ilicali.

It is believed the Turkish media mogul either wanted to install his own man as manager or curb Duff’s authority.

However, this caused consternation among Shels’ Irish stakeholders.

An agreement has since been reached for the Hull City owner to sell his 60 per cent stake in the Drumcondra team and move on.

SHEL’S SHOCK

To his credit, he wrote off his investment so as not to plunge the club into financial turmoil.

He only joined Shels in June after previously holding discussions with Dundalk about investing there.

A source close to Hull said: “It’s amicable. There were differences of opinion, especially on football issues.”

At issue was Duff’s future and whether he would continue to have autonomy over his football decisions.

Chris Estrada

Chris Estrada is a WSTNewsPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Chris Estrada joined WSTNewsPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: charlesjones@wstnewspost.com.

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