Tuesday, March 27, 2007

A new Golden Age for Irish football?

It is just possible that “Stan” Staunton may turn out to be the most successful Irish football manager ever. I base this assessment on the strength of Eamon Dunphy’s condemnation of the man’s management capabilities.

Jack Charlton was previously the object of most contempt from our football pundit, but was also our most successful manager ever, getting us to two World Cup Finals (Italy 1990 & USA 1994) and one European Final (Germany 1988). Next in line for Dunphy’s vitriol was Mick McCarthy, who got us to the 2002 World Cup Finals in Japan/Korea.

Now Staunton is most definitely in the firing line, with Dunphy admitting that he’d hoped Ireland would lose to Wales so that the manager would be fired. If history repeats itself, we might be at the start of a golden era for Irish football.

Footnote: Published as a letter in the Irish Independent.

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