Mick McCarthy’s future as Republic of Ireland manager to be decided in June as contract was due to end after Euro 2020… which has been pushed back a year

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No decision will be made about Mick McCarthy’s future as Republic of Ireland manager until June, according to Niall Quinn.

The 61-year-old’s contract was due expire at the end of Euro 2020, should his team qualify for the finals via the play-offs.

Mick McCarthy started his second spell as Ireland boss in November 2018

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Mick McCarthy started his second spell as Ireland boss in November 2018

The coronavirus pandemic has forced UEFA to postpone the tournament by 12 months, however.

Ireland were due to face Slovakia in their play-off semi-final on March 26 and, if they won, then either Bosnia and Herzegovina or Northern Ireland in the final.

It is unclear when these matches will go ahead to decide who will take the final places at the tournament now scheduled to take place in 2021, though there are suggestions a June date has been pencilled in for the play-off fixtures.

McCarthy was due to be succeeded by Ireland’s Under-21 manager Stephen Kenny at the end of the Euros.

Stephen Kenny is the man set to replace Mick McCarthy

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Stephen Kenny is the man set to replace Mick McCarthy

No decision will be made by the Football Association of Ireland until the play-off tie with Slovakia has been played, which is pencilled in to occur in June if the coronavirus pandemic is under control.

“I don’t think there is any point in trying to do something about that now,” Quinn told FAI TV.

“We are still in the position where we don’t know if we’re going to the Euro’s or not. We will know on June the 10th and June the 10th will be a good time to start worrying or overly worrying about that particular instance.

“We will do that at the right time and speak to the stakeholders first and won’t be talking publicly about that until the right time.”

The former Ireland captain took over as manager in November 2018 and saw his side narrowly miss out on automatic qualification for the finals of the tournament.

The European Championship had been set to take place between June 12 and July 12 this summer but UEFA decided on Tuesday to delay it by 12 months.

Matches were due to be played in London, Baku, Munich, Rome, Saint Petersburg, Amsterdam, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin and Glasgow.

The tournament, played in the same format, will now take place from June 11 to July 11, 2021.

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