FORMER Derry City manager, Stephen Kenny, has spoken of his ‘shock’ at being dismissed by Shamrock Rovers yesterday and claims he only found out he was to lose his job after conducting a morning training session in Tallaght Stadium.
Yesterday’s shock departure brings to an end Kenny’s reign which had, at times, been a strained one since the Tallaght native opted to leave the Brandywell last December for a second time to succeed Michael O’Neill.
Monday night’s defeat to Bohemians appears to have been the final straw but Kenny claims he believed he would have been given until at least the end of the season, especially after recent results suggested an upturn in Rovers’ fortunes.
“Shamrock Rovers paid E25,000 to Derry City for me so I expected to be given at least one season,” explained Kenny.
“I am disappointed. It’s a missed opportunity and I wanted to do better in my first season but I expected to be given the full season.”
Kenny’s assistant, Scot Stephen Glass, will now be in charge of the team for this Friday night’s FAI Cup quarter-final clash with Shelbourne.
As the search for a permanent successor begins, Kenny could be in line for a substantial pay-off as he has still over two years remaining on his three years’ contract at Rovers.