IRELAND forward Chiedozie Ogbene has called on the FAI to ease the pressure on manager Stephen Kenny by agreeing a new contract and allow Kenny the time to build a side capable of winning their group in the Nations League later this year.
enny’s current deal ends in July, before the conclusion of the Nations League games, and while talks on an extension have been ongoing for two months with the FAI hinting that an extension was on the way, a new contract has yet to be agreed. Ogbene, one of the players who made a major breakthrough under Kenny last year, believes the FAI should speed up the process to end uncertainty.
“I would like it to be moving forward, if I was in his shoes I’d like to get things done and dusted quick as I know what it’s like for players, you are worrying about the uncertainty of the future and the pressure for managers is twice as much, so I hope it gets done,” the Rotherham United player told the Irish Independent.
“I would like it to get done as soon as possible. When I was first called in, I said I believed in what he was building but it would take time, and I am so happy that things are clicking for the team and for himself, we are doing quite well and we finished the campaign on a high. That’s what we have to offer, we have a lot of young players, up and coming players and it takes time to gel, most of us are playing in different leagues but we come together in the short-term and gel, it’s working for us.
“We have the Nations League in June. I know this is ambitious of me but we have four games in ten days, I do believe that we have what it takes to finish top of the group, with the momentum of the finish in the last campaign we can take that with us, we have what it takes to finish top of the group and that’s what my ambitions are,” added Ogbene, currently in talks with League One leaders Rotherham about a contract extension of his own.
“Stephen is the manager who gave me my opportunity, he’s a great guy who has great ambitions for the team, the boys like him. It’s never easy for any manager but the way he finished the campaign gives us a glimpse of what he’s capable of.”