Things have not been going well for Stephen Kenny whilst in charge of the Republic of Ireland, as he has failed to secure a win in the 11 matches that he has been in charge.

However, whilst he will likely take some responsibility in regards to how poor things have been, he has also revealed that Irish football has been damaged in a huge way over the last “eight or nine years”, as he has lamented the slow pace in which talent has been called into the senior international side over that time.

Indeed, Kenny has shown some signs of making changes as he continues to give uncapped players a chance to show what they can do when given the opportunity to represent the Republic of Ireland, however he is of the opinion that those changes have been necessary, despite concerns that they may be too many in a short period of time.

Indeed, those changes can immediately be felt in regards to Kenny’s latest squad selection as the Republic of Ireland prepare to take on Andorra and Hungary, who are preparing for this summer’s Euro 2020 championships.

James McCarthy has been left out as the manager feels the player would be better suited to dedicating his time to finding a new club and resting as his Crystal Palace career is in doubt; perhaps he will also have time to check out whilst he is not playing for his country?

Other players forced to miss out include Robbie Brady, Shane Long and Jeff Hendrick, thus allowing for rookies Andrew Omobamidele, Jamie McGrath, Danny Mandroiu and Chiedozie Ogbene to all get a chance.

As quoted by the Irish Times, the manager said: “We have radically changed things. We bought 15 new players into the international team in a six-month period, before this camp, and we capped 13.

“Some might feel it is too much change too quickly and I understand that viewpoint but, in my opinion, that change is necessary because we have absolutely no development for about eight or nine years.

“We had one player through in nine years, and nobody is really looking at that, and there is a huge demographic between players aged 29, 30 and aged 20 and very little in between.

“We have a bigger vision for what we want to achieve going forward and by integrating a lot of these players – not all of them will become top class international players but a number of them will. We have got a lot of talent and we want to see it develop and give them opportunity to develop. We want to see the team thrive.

“We have a clear idea how we want to do that.”