Republic of Ireland coach Stephen Kenny is ‘absolutely sure’ that his contract will be extended for the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.

The 50-year-old’s current term is due to expire in July, but talks have begun over a new deal.

Kenny met Irish Football Association chief executive Jonathan Hill last week in England after traveling to watch the Sky Bet League One match between Portsmouth and Sheffield Wednesday.

“We sat down and had a conversation, just an introductory conversation, so it started and hopefully we can progress from there,” Kenny said.

“I don’t see it as any major issue. I’m sure we can go ahead and sort it all out.

“It’s really a process and we’re just at the beginning of the process. Talks are going on. They’ve just started really.

“I am involved in the Nations League campaign and I am sure I will be a campaign manager for the European Championship as well.”

Kenny has lost only one of his last 10 matches as national team coach after an 11-game opener without a win after succeeding Mick McCarthy.

His current contract will see him remain in charge of Ireland’s opening four Nations League matches in June.

Shane Duffy celebrates after scoring the Republic of Ireland's opener
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Ireland will host Ukraine in the opening match of the UEFA Nations League in June

Ireland were drawn on Thursday in Group B1, along with Ukraine, Scotland and Armenia, with their last matches scheduled for September.

After failing to qualify for next year’s Winter World Cup in Qatar, those appointments will be the country’s only competitive matches in 2022.

The draw for Euro 2024 qualifiers – to be held in Germany – is scheduled for October.

Kenny is also keen to keep his back team together, including his assistant Anthony Barry – who is also a coach at Chelsea – and goalkeeper coach Dean Kelly, who performs a similar role at Crystal Palace.

“We all love working together and have a great work environment,” Kenny said. “The whole team, the longer we work together, the better we have.

“As a unit that works together, we like to keep it the way it is and that will be the idea. I think they would prefer to continue.

“that they [Barry and Kiely] They are involved in the day to day affairs with their clubs so they are not thinking long term.

“They both want to stay on board and they are a very important part of preparing going forward.”

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