Stephen Kenny (footballer)
|Full name||Stephen Kenny|
|Date of birth||30 October 1971|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Stephen Kenny (born 30 October 1971 in Dublin) is the current manager of Dundalk in the League of Ireland and former manager of Bohemians, Longford Town, Derry City, Dunfermline Athletic and Shamrock Rovers.
During his playing career, Kenny spent two years at Belvedere as a schoolboy before signing for St Patrick's Athletic. Without making an appearance he then transferred to Home Farm, playing just 4 games in the League of Ireland First Division making his League of Ireland debut on 13 March 1994.
Kenny began his managerial career with St Patrick's Athletic when he took charge of the Dublin side's Under 21 side in the Athletic Union League. His first year was successful as St. Pats won the league and in the summer of 1998, Kenny became the youngest manager in National League history when he took over Longford Town at the age of 27. He led Longford to huge success during his three-year tenure as they won promotion to the League of Ireland Premier Division, reached an FAI Cup final and subsequently, qualified for the UEFA Cup.
In December 2001, Kenny left the midlands club and became manager of Bohemians. Taking over at Dalymount Park. Bohemians were then the champions of the Eircom League, having won the Double the previous season. However, the club was in something of a crisis, having parted ways with their league-winning manager, Roddy Collins, in the summer, his successor Pete Mahon struggling after an excellent start to the season. Kenny's impact at Bohemians was immediate, as the side steadily moved away from the lower end of the league table and reached that year's FAI Cup final. However, the season was to end in bitter disappointment, as Bohemians were beaten 2–1 by Dundalk FC, a club which had been relegated from the top flight the previous week. This was Kenny's second FAI Cup final defeat in as many seasons. In the close season Kenny made some changes to the first team squad, and the 2002/2003 season saw Bohemians win the Premier Division title, leading from start to finish. The following season they finished runners-up to Shelbourne FC. In the 2004 season Bohemians began poorly and after 3 months found themselves in 3rd place. Kenny's job was insecure and he was sacked on 27 July 2004, following Bohemians' 3–1 home defeat in the UEFA Cup to Estonian side FC Levadia Tallinn. His league record at Bohemians was 49 wins in 96 games.
After just three weeks out of the game, Kenny returned to management at Derry City following the sacking of Gavin Dykes, and took over from caretaker manager, Peter Hutton. His time at the club has been hugely successful and he has been credited for turning a team, battling against relegation in the 2004 season, into one which challenged for the Premier Division title in 2005, finishing runners-up.
He also guided Derry City to their first advancement in European competition in over 40 years (the last seeing Lyn Oslo being knocked out) Derry qualified for the UEFA Cup by finishing runners-up in the Premier Division in the 2005 season. On 13 July 2006, Derry overcame two time winners IFK Göteborg in the UEFA Cup first qualifying round 2–0 on aggregate. A 79th-minute header from Sean Hargan was enough to give Derry a shock win in the first leg, and Stephen O'Flynn ensured a 1–0 home victory from the penalty spot. Manager Stephen Kenny was delighted with the win stating:
|“||They have won the UEFA Cup twice and only a few years ago were in the group stages of the Champions League so this is a great night for everyone connected with Derry City. We were worthy winners. It is not as if we got a goal and held on. I think we played the better football.||”|
This marked Derry City's first progression in European football since defeating Lyn Oslo more than 40 years ago.
Derry City were subsequently drawn against Scottish second-level side Gretna in the second qualifying round. On 10 August 2006, Derry claimed a 5–1 away win to gain a considerable advantage going into the home leg. This result is the largest away winning margin for a League of Ireland team in Europe. Following a 2–2 home draw with Gretna F.C. in the second leg and a 7–3 win on aggregate, Derry advanced to the UEFA Cup First round. In the draw, held on 25 August 2006, Derry City were handed a tough tie against Paris Saint-Germain FC.
The first leg was played at home at Brandywell Stadium on the evening of 14 September 2006 and ended in a hard fought 0–0 draw, a magnificent result for the battling Derry side. The second leg was played at Parc des Princes on 28 September. Paris St. Germain won the second leg 2–0 with goals from Pauleta and Edouard Cisse.
He remained in charge of Derry City until 17 November 2006 for their final league game before moving to Dunfermline Athletic. Derry finished second in the league behind Shelbourne, who had a stronger goal difference. Kenny then made a remarkable return to Derry City to manage the club for the FAI Cup final win against St. Patrick's Athletic.
Kenny's total managerial record at Derry included 112 games managed, 65 games won, 29 games drawn, 18 games lost, 170 goals for, 80 goals against and 57 clean sheets. His win percentage was 58%. During his time in charge, a total of 32 players represented the club.
Kenny was confirmed as the new Dunfermline Athletic manager on 10 November 2006 and took up his position on 18 November 2006 where he was to watch Dunfermline's game against Dundee United from the stand An interview was done upon his arrival at the club by stv.
Following his departure from the League of Ireland, his contributions during the 2006 season were still recognised by eircom / Soccer Writers Association of Ireland (SWAI) who nominated the former Derry manager for their 'Personality of the Year' award on 13 December 2006.
Kenny won his first game as Dunfermline manager 9 games into his Pars career – a 3–2 Scottish Cup 3rd round win over Rangers at East End Park. In January 2007, Kenny brought in Jim O'Brien, Adam Hammill, Bobby Ryan, Jamie Harris and Stephen Glass to the club and later brought in released Falkirk striker Tam McManus.
Kenny and his coaching team led Dunfermline to the Scottish Cup Final on 24 April 2007 with a 1–0 win over Hibernian in the Semi final replay then losing to Celtic in the final 1–0. He was unable, however, to prevent the club being relegated from the Premier League. A 2–1 defeat at Inverness CT, coupled with St Mirren's 3–2 win at Motherwell saw the Fife club relegated to the First Division, despite having previously won four league games in a row.
After relegation to the Scottish Football League Kenny's reign was less successful. Losses to BK Häcken of Sweden in the UEFA Cup, Heart of Midlothian in the CIS Cup and several humiliating defeats in the league left Dunfermline significantly behind the leading teams in the First Division and cost him his job, in spite of a run to the lower-league Scottish Challenge Cup Final.
Return to Ireland
In his first spell, Kenny guided Derry to the FAI Cup, two League Cups and through two UEFA Cup rounds, including defeating former UEFA cup winners IFK Göteborg home and away, and thrashing then Scottish giant killers Gretna only to be knocked out of the competition by an away defeat by Paris Saint-Germain. They were also pipped for the league crown on the final day of the season on two occasions.
Kenny was confirmed to have returned to Derry City on 28 December 2007.
Kenny took over a club that had won the League of Ireland two years in a row and had qualified for the group stages of the previous year's Europa League. However the 2012 season proved to be a disaster for Kenny and Rovers, crashing out of Europe to Lithuanian side Ekranas and slumping to fourth place in the league table.In September 2012, two months before the end of the season and after a Dublin derby defeat to Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers sacked Stephen Kenny on the 11 September 2012.
On 21 November 2012 Kenny was named as the new Dundalk manager on a two year contract. In the 2013 season he came close to winning the league finishing in 2nd. The following season Dundalk won the League and League cup double.
- As of 25 May 2015. Includes competitive games only.
|Longford Town||1998||7 December 2001||157||63||54||40||40.12|
|Bohemians||10 December 2001||27 July 2004||96||49||18||29||51.04|
|Derry City||19 August 2004||2006||112||65||18||29||58.03|
|Dunfermline Athletic||13 November 2006||4 December 2007||50||15||11||24||30.00|
|Derry City||28 December 2007||24 December 2011||167||93||49||39||55.69|
|Shamrock Rovers||27 December 2011||11 September 2012||37||19||6||12||51.35|
|Dundalk||21 November 2012||Present||111||77||16||18||69.36|
- IFK Gothenburg 0–1 Derry City news.bbc.co.uk Retrieved 16 July 2006
- Kenny salutes his Derry heroes news.bbc.co.uk Retrieved 16 July 2006
- Slack Gretna given cruel lesson by five-star Derry It is also the heaviest home defeat recorded of any Scottish team in European competition. Stephen Halliday, sport.scotsman.com. Retrieved 12 August 2006
- "Derry see off St Pat's in decider". BBC Sport website. 3 December 2006.
- "Kenny appointed Dunfermline boss". BBC Sport website. 10 November 2006.
- "Dunfermline 2–1 Dundee Utd". BBC Sport website. 18 November 2006.
- "Pars part company with boss Kenny". BBC News. 4 December 2007. Retrieved 4 December 2007.
- "Kenny returns as Derry City boss". BBC News. 28 December 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2007.
- "Stephen Kenny confirmed as new Dundalk manager". RTÉ Sport. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012.