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.
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.
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.