Former Dundalk FC boss has finalised his backroom staff ahead of his first games as the manager of the senior Republic of Ireland national team – adding Termonfeckin native Sam Rice to his staff as one of two therapists assigned to the squad.
Rice, who worked under Kenny for a spell at the Lilywhites, joins Knockbridge man Kevin Mulholland on Kenny’s extended backroom team which now has a distinct Wee County flavour. Current Dundalk FC physio Danny Miller is also part of the team, joining Mulholland as one of two Chartered Physiotherapists.
Rice left the Oriel Park club in January 2019, shortly after Kenny left the club to take up the role as Republic of Ireland Under 21 boss. He spent four years at the SSE Airtricity League club and was a popular figure at Oriel Park, contributing to three league titles, two FAI Cups and the team’s UEFA Europa League campaign in 2016.
The DCU graduate was part of Kenny’s team for last summer’s Toulon Tournament, where Ireland reached the last four, as was Miller who is an Associate Lecturer at University College Dublin and completed his Masters Degree in Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2001 at Curtin University, Perth.
Mulholland currently works at Southampton FC as the First-Team Lead Performance and Injury Prevention Physiotherapist. He previously worked for Sheffield Wednesday and Crewe Alexandra. He worked with the national team’s Under 21 side since 2014.