Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny believes that the team is heading in the right direction but insists that the excellent spirit in the camp must be converted into wins. Ireland has had a disastrous spell under Kenny having lost all their twelve competitive matches. Their only win under him came in a win against minnows Andorra in a friendly. The manager is backed by his employers despite the horrid run but many believe that defeat against Azerbaijan could be the final nail in his coffin.
“I can’t dwell on the negative aspect of what happens if we don’t win. We just have to focus on trying to win the game, that is our objective.” Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny said. “I think the players’ attitude has been excellent, the spirit is excellent, but we have to turn that into wins. We realize that and I think we have to bring that into the game and try to get that win.”
“The players are very determined, they have shown a terrific attitude and we want to go and win the game on Saturday,” he added. “Yes, of course, I can. I’m not above criticism. It’s clear what our objectives are and we just want to try to achieve them on Saturday. Criticism is part of it, I can accept that. We just have to prepare the team and try to get the victory that we need on Saturday.”