“Coleman will continue to be captain of Ireland” – Kenny

New Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has confirmed that Séamus Coleman will remain as captain of the international team.

However, the Killybegs man’s starting place on the team isn’t guaranteed, according to the Ireland boss.

Kenny told a media briefing on Thursday that Coleman is the only Ireland player he has spoken to yet since taking over the top job.

He wants the Everton defender to be the team’s leader – so Coleman will continue as team captain when Ireland resume competitive action after the Covid-19 pandemic passes.

Kenny said:”I rang Séamus, as captain, just to reassure him that he will indeed be the captain of Ireland under my tenure as well. He will continue to be captain of Ireland. The reason being that every value he has as a man and a player, the way he prepares and applies himself, I admire.”