Morrison upset at Kerr exit

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Clinton Morrison has expressed his disappointment that Brian Kerr is no longer manager of Republic of Ireland.

Kerr did not have his contract extended by The Football Association of Ireland earlier this month after the team failed to qualify for the World Cup finals.

The decision has left The FAI in search of a new coach, although supposedly early contenders such as Martin O'Neill, Sir Alex Ferguson and Philippe Troussier are out of the running.

Clinton Morrison hopes an Irishman will be appointed to replace Kerr and is looking for someone with top credentials.

But the Crystal Palace striker also lamented Kerr's exit as he feels his former national team coach helped to improve his game.

"I think, ideally, I would want an Irish manager but it doesn't matter as long as the manager has got top-level experience and is a good manager and gets the best out of the players," Morrison told Sky Sports News.

"That's the best thing we should do.

"I'm disappointed to be fair," added Morrison on Kerr's departure. "Since Brian came into management he's helped me and picked me a lot.

"I've rewarded him by playing well in the games for Ireland.

"He's helped a lot with my game, along with Chris Hughton, so I'm very much disappointed.

"Maybe it wasn't the right decision but that was The FAI's decision."

Morrison also revealed his surprise that Newcastle United full back Stephen Carr had followed the lead of Kenny Cunningham and Roy Keane in retiring from international football.

He added: "Yeah, it was a massive surprise. You think Carry is still only 29 but hopefully the next manager, whoever he is, comes in and can have a word with him and try to get him to rethink that.

"It's disappointing as he's still young. Hopefully, he'll change his mind."