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Monday 5 December 2016

Stephen Kenny: I won't be giving Rovers two fingers when I return there

Stephen Kenny
Stephen Kenny

Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny says he is not intending to give "two fingers" to his former club by winning the league title for Dundalk away to Shamrock Rovers on Friday.

The champions-elect, who secured a place in the FAI Cup final thanks to Friday's 2-0 win over Longford Town, can land the Premier Division title with three games to spare by beating the Hoops in Tallaght on Friday night.

Kenny admits that his sacking by Rovers in 2012 was a low point in his life. But an emotional Kenny insists that revenge, is not on his mind.

"Everyone seems to be of the opinion that it's my ambition to go to Tallaght and win it and stick two fingers up at everybody. But to be honest with you, that's not honestly how I feel," says Kenny, dismissed by Rovers just months into a three-year contract.

"The fact that we took the team to win the league from bottom and won the league in the way we did answered any questions that needed to be answered. I don't have that real bitterness about me, I don't carry that bitterness. There is no doubt that was a very low point in my career and my life but if anything it reinforced that I had the conviction and absolute belief in myself to take on the next challenge and be successful.

"I had absolute ambition in myself and if anything I'm much stronger as a person now, and if anything I have absolute conviction in my beliefs as to how the game is played, philosophy on the game and the way I think the game is played and my ability to manage and coach players. I don't have that real bitterness and people might find that hard to understand."

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