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Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny is extending his stay at Oriel Park

Contract extension for the league-winning boss.

Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny.
Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Updated at 20.40

AHEAD OF TOMORROW night’s eagerly-anticipated meeting with title rivals Cork City, Dundalk have been boosted by the news that manager Stephen Kenny has put pen to paper on a new contract.

The club announced this afternoon that Kenny has signed a one-year extension, which will keep him at Oriel Park until the end of the 2016 season.

Kenny joined Dundalk in November 2012 and guided them to their first Premier Division title since 1995 last season. The Lilywhites, who are currently top of the table with nine games of their title defence played, also won the EA Sports Cup in 2014.

“It has been a tremendous journey the club have embarked on in the last few years and it has been great to be part of,” said Kenny. “We were bottom of the league and had a completely new group to go from where we were to league champions and to win trophies. It has been great for all involved.

“The big challenge now is to keep that going. It has been 20 years since Dundalk were consistently in the top four, 20 years since Dermot Keely won the league here and it has been that long since Dundalk were an established club. That’s the challenge we face now. We want to mount a defence of our title and we look forward to Europe as well.”

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