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Sadlier: Stephen Kenny must go
RTE MNS football pundit Richie Sadlier believes that Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Kenny "should not really remain in that job much longer"With just six wins from his first 14 league games, and sitting eight points off the Airtricity Premier Division pace, Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Kenny is already feeling the pressure at Tallaght Stadium. Many Hoops fans have expressed their feelings on twitter and facebook, while former Ireland international Richie Sadlier weighed in on tonight's edition of MNS.
Speaking on the weekly League of Ireland television programme, Sadlier said that a decision on Kenny's future was a simple one, down to results on the pitch. "The football argument is pretty straight forward that Stephen Kenny should not really remain in that job much longer," Sadlier explained. "If you look at the performances, the results, the goals conceded, it is pretty conclusive. We don’t know whether he has lost the dressing-room or what is going on behind the scenes. The significant thing is he is on a three-year-deal. It is going to cost money to sack him.
"You have to weigh that up and say what is the cost of keeping him which nobody knows the answer. You can take a chance and say the relationship the dynamic, the situation with everyone isn’t working and 'we need to change it', because it isn’t working. But the cost of change that is what we don’t know."33-year-old Sadlier was shocked with the performance of Rovers in last weekend's 4-0 loss to Bohemians, stating that they looked like the Galway United side who lost 33 games last year. "I don’t think Stephen Kenny could defend the performances of any of the players," Sadlier said. "It was like watching Galway United from last season. It was that bad. They were completely humiliated, right through the team. Oscar Jansson in goal had a howler, the two centre-halves were very poor.
"Kerrea Gilbert at right-full is completely out of his depth and has looked like that for a long time. In midfield they had no impact. There were times you look at them and think are they a long ball team, but nothing was sticking up front.
"When they tried to pass it they were giving it away. There was no point in the game where it looked like the Rovers players were capable of a response. It wasn’t a case of they dropped their performance when they went one or two or three goals down, or when they went from 11 men to 10 men.
"They were poor from the start and right through the game. I’ve never seen a good team play as badly as they did. They were awful and Bohs completely deserved to win. They wiped the floor with them from start to finish.
"If 10 or 12-years-olds did that on the pitch, you’d stop the game and say 'lads, this isn’t how you play football’. Nobody tackled, went with him or give any indication that they gave a toss. That was near the end of the game and they were 3-0 down but it was like that from the start."
Kenny's side returned to winning ways with a 4-2 win over Shelbourne in the Leinster Senior Cup this evening, but with less than 100 visiting fans in attendance, it seems that the victory will offer little respite from the baying fans who want league success more than anything.
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