Brian Kerr has described the Football Association of Ireland’s decision not to renew his contract as Republic of Ireland boss as “short-sighted”.

Kerr said the decision was “contrary to the principles of the Genesis report” which set out a blueprint for the future of Irish football after the 2002 World Cup.

Kerr said he was “deeply saddened” to lose his role.

“I intend to take some time to consider the next step in my career but I intend to remain in professional football”.

The FAI’s decision to end Kerr’s 33-month reign was taken without a vote by the 10-man committee.

“I acknowledge the decision of the board of the FAI but I am disappointed that I am not being given the opportunity to continue my work with the senior national team,” added Kerr.

“I would like to thank all 45 players who played under me during my time in charge, and I would also like to thank the fans for their support,” added Kerr.

Kerr also thanked his assistant Chris Hughton and the remainder of his backroom staff.

A three-man committee consisting of FAI chief executive Delaney, the association’s honorary secretary, Michael Cody, and its president, David Blood, will now set about finding a successor.