Longford Leader columnist Mattie Fox: Irish soccer being run in a strange fashion

Mattie Fox


Mattie Fox



Mattie Fox

Longford Leader columnist, Mattie Fox

Jack Charlton was manager of Ireland in one of its glorious periods.

I recall clearly in 1990 getting tickets for a few people, and they were literally like gold dust. As much in demand as tickets for the hottest music coming to Dublin.

U2, were no more in demand than the Irish soccer team.

Yet, Eamon Dunphy was laughable in his constant complaining and bickering about Jack’s football style.

At least he had a style.

The Eamon Dunphy’s of this world must realise that they were wrong, but maybe not.

A few weeks ago, Ireland played Denmark, and nobody showed any interest at all. Tickets were available free for anyone who wanted to go to the game.

Now they’re looking at another manager.

For another exorbitant salary.

Martin O’Neill and the overrated Roy Keane plus some others received €1 million, to resign.

Meanwhile, under age soccer is being neglected big time.

Irish soccer is being run in a strange fashion.

How can Ireland hope to produce a World Cup team, without the raw material being developed all along?

Baffles me..... Maybe they should study the GAA more?