Latest News: Exclusive Q&A with Stephen Kenny, a new coach and McLean gets FAI support

The YBIG Independent Supporters Mandate Committee, have been invited to attend a Q&A with Manager Stephen Kenny and are looking for fans to participate through Microsoft Teams. Here is the link on the ybig forum and the press release  below

YBIG forum Q&A info

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To all members,

Ahead of the upcoming World Cup campaign, Ireland manager Stephen Kenny is eager to meet and talk to the team’s supporters.

Ideally, Stephen would have liked to have done this on a face to face basis but, as we can’t do this due to the current restrictions, the FAI have offered to host a virtual event on Microsoft Teams on March 11th at 7pm for ybig mandate members and members from other supporters groups.

The virtual event will include a presentation from Stephen on recent matches and what he is looking to achieve before an open floor Q&A.

If you’d like to attend then please complete the below form to register and we will contact you with details prior to the event.

Click here to register

The closing date for registrations is midnight on Monday March 8th and tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis.

This event is exclusive to mandate members & members of supporters groups. If you have not signed up to the YBIG Mandate already then you can do so by clicking here.

Thank you for your continued support.

YBIG Independent Supporters Mandate Committee


Ireland have a replacement coach for Damien Duff. The highly respected coach Anthony Barry from Chelsea has joined up with Kenny and will be part of the World Cup qualifiers coming up in March. Duff left the FAI in a difference of opinion over the FAI’s handling of the video Stephen Kenny had made before the England friendly. This gamble by Duff, who is highly regarded in the coaching world, particularly by Celtic where he worked prior to joining up with the Kenny, it’s not so clear where Duff will move to next so it’s a bit like the roulette at casino slots.

Kenny was delighted with his new coach and said, “I’d like to welcome Anthony to the Republic of Ireland team, he is an innovative coach with an energetic style and is someone I have been aware of for a number of years,”.


The FAI have come out in support of James McLean after his recent admission that his family once again have received death threats via social media.

In a statement on the FAI website they wrote
“The FAI condemns the latest social media threats aimed at senior Irish international team player James McClean and offers James and his family our full support at this difficult time.

The Association has reached out to James in light of this most recent incident and assured him that the FAI will assist him in any way it can.”

FAI CEO Jonathan Hill said: “The FAI remains committed to safeguarding all of our players against any form of abuse on any social media platform. To abuse or threaten James or any player because of his nationality should not be tolerated by society. Unfortunately, such behaviour is all too common now on social media.”


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