AHEAD OF THE GAME: Republic of Ireland eye England Under 21 boss Lee Carsley
England Under 21 boss Lee Carsley has emerged as a target for the Republic of Ireland should they part company with manager Stephen Kenny.
Former Ireland Under 21 boss Kenny is under pressure after failing to secure a play-off spot for Euro 2024 via the UEFA Nations League and starting the qualifying campaign for next summers tournament with a home defeat by France.
The Football Association of Ireland are planning to make a decision on Kennys future after the qualifying campaign this autumn.
But they may have to move more quickly if they want to secure Carsley, 49.
As reported by Mail Sport in March, Carsley will hold talks with the FA over his future after this summers Under 21 European Championship amid interest from several clubs.
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