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Stephen Kenny: Timing was right for taking up St Patrick's Athletic job

New St Patrick's Athletic manager Stephen Kenny has said timing was the key to his surprise return to the League of Ireland this morning.

The former Republic of Ireland manager confirmed a return to club management with the Saints, before his successor has even been appointed in the international team.

Bohemians and Dundalk were known to have sought the services of Kenny, with the pull of his trophy-laden spell in Oriel a particular incentive.

But a strong push from Pat’s owner Garrett Kelleher won the services of the 52-year-old when it was believed he was keen to pursue opportunities abroad and leave his options open in the coming months.

Now preparing to take charge of his first game tomorrow night, he told RTÉ Sport that all of the pieces fell into place when it came to make a decision on becoming Pat’s manager.

Speaking hours after signing a five and-a-half year contract, Kenny said: "It was just a matter of timing really. Timing can be critical in life. Garrett Kelleher's vision, where he wants to take it, with plans for a new stadium and just generally for the club going forward, I was impressed with.

"I have never been out of work for more than couple of months in the 25 years. I'm anxious to get back on the grass, it's great to be able to go out and coach every day. It's a privilege.

"I didn't think I would be here so quickly if I'm honest. I had certain opportunities and they weren't right for me. and there were other opportunities I would have sought that weren't possible.

"Everyone's personal circumstance change. Mine did change in that time. I've decided to lead this club. There's a great academy here. A load of players have come through it and we're in European competition in a few weeks.

"What they would like