Former Republic of Ireland striker Jonathan Walters believes Mick McCarthy will be “bitterly disappointed” about stepping down from the managers role early.
His contract was due to end after Euro 2020 but with the tournament postponed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the handover to under-21s boss Stephen Kenny will happen early.
Walters feels Kenny’s taking over a squad that is in good shape.
Meanwhile Former Ireland captain Robbie Keane could still have a role to play with the FAI, according to interim CEO Gary Owens.
Keane is still under contract with the association but wasn’t selected as a coach with Stephen Kenny’s backroom team.
Keith Andrews, Damien Duff and Alan Kelly will all join the senior setup.
Owens has revealed that talks are ongoing with Keane and his agent.