Much has been made in the media of Ireland’s new approach under Stephen Kenny. It must be remembered however the players have, to a large extent, stayed the same.
The table compares a variety of in-play measures for Kenny’s first four games to two matches toward the end of the McCarthy era and three matches at the end of Martin O’Neill reign. These are competitive games. They’re not cherry-picked. Rather, this is where data (second-hand OPTA) is available.