By common consent, football in Ireland has reached a turning point, and the danger with turning points is that you can end up right back where you started.
But in engaging two managers and giving Stephen Kenny the time to work himself into the post while assessing and developing the U21 and junior sides, it does look as if the FAI has decided to alter course.
Kenny not only is rooted in Irish football, he has shown with both Derry and Dundalk that he can coach a local side to compete in Europe.
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