Owens hopeful for November Play-Off against Slovakia

Owens hopeful for November Play-Off against Slovakia

FAI Interim CEO Gary Owens has said he hopes Ireland's UEFA EURO 2020 Play-Off against Slovakia will take place in November.
5th Apr 2020

Speaking to FAI TV, after Stephen Kenny was announced as the new Republic of Ireland manager, Owens revealed he hoped the new manager and his backroom team will have plenty of time with his new squad before the Bratislava tie.

"I'd like the Play-Off as late as we can", Owens revealed. "We have been trying to get the Play-Off in the November series, rather than in September or October. That would give Stephen and his team the chance to play some friendlies and Nations League matches in advance of the Play-Off.

"It's going to be a very busy and exciting time. You're going to have nine matches in the Autumn, followed by the World Cup [Qualifiers] next year."

Owens also paid tribute to Mick McCarthy after his second spell in charge of the Republic of Ireland Senior Men's team.

"In the short time I have worked with him, I found him to be extremely professional. In loads of ways, I'm sorry I'm not going to be working with him in the future. It's Stephen's time, and we need to get right behind him and his new team."