The Irish Football Federation has announced that this Saturday ends the second period of Mick McCarthy as coach and he will be immediately replaced by Stephen Kenny.The ex-defense of Ireland McCarthy, 61, took office in November 2018 and was ready to take them to the March Euro Cup qualifying playoffs before the coronavirus pandemic spread.The FAI has moved the transition forward. Kenny was due to replace McCarthy after the Euro Cup but with the playoffs and tournament delayed a year, the cessation has been brought forward. “The Irish Football Association announces that Mick McCarthy should be replaced as national team coach by Stephen Kenny with immediate effect. The substitution has been in agreement with both men in light of the delay in the European Championship playoffs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, “they say.McCarthy’s contract expired on July 31, after Euro 2020, now rescheduled for 2021. “This move gives Stephen Kenny time to plan the qualifying playoffs against Slovakia,” according to the statement.Kenny, 48, arrives after being the Under-21 coach of Ireland. McCarthy’s last game in charge was a 1-1 draw with Denmark in Dublin in November, in the match in which they failed to qualify automatically for the Euro Cup.