Keano gives FAI a right good bash March 22, 2007Posted by Rambling Man in Sports.
Roy Keane gave quite a frank interview when visiting Ireland to support the very worthy Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind’s “Shades” 2007 campaign yesterday. His mistrust and dislike of the F.A.I. and the way the organisation is run was clear to see.
When Saipan happened, I was annoyed with Keane for walking away (out?) from the World Cup but quickly realised that the things he had to say about the F.A.I. et al. was something we couldn’t ignore forever. Nowadays, I am a great admirer of Keane for the way he will speak his mind about these issues – it seems to me that a lot of what he says and a lot of his footballing opinions are based on common sense. When you compare this common sense approach to the current mess the Irish team faces, you get a clearer picture of the bag of shite job the F.A.I. are currently doing.
As Keane said, it all comes down to attitude. With no managerial experience, he himself has brought Sunderland from relegation candidates to promotion probables with the space of half a season. His team are playing with confidence and look likely to be successful in their efforts to return to the Premiership. You can be sure he takes no shit !
Contrast this with Stan “world class manager” Staunton and Bobby “nobody knows what he actually does” Robson, who since taking over the Irish team’s management has seen the side plummet in the rankings to 54th, below such football giants as Uzbekistan, Guinea and Cuba, of all places ! Not only have we a snowball’s chance in hell of qualifying for the next umpteen tournaments but we have now fallen to the depths of struggling to beat a team like San Marino and celebrating wildly when we do so in the last, gasp, lucky minute …
I remember thinking to myself as to what had gone wrong. Ireland had basically become a bad team overnight ! and continue to get worse. Just a couple of years ago we were in with a chance of qualifying for the World Cup but now the depths of seeding group 4 (or even 5 !) await … and as Roy Keane said “It’ll do !”. Fingers must be pointed at the manager in the immediate term and the parent organisation in the long term.
The points Keane makes are plainly obvious to the ordinary football savvy punter who will fill the stands on Saturday with false expectations of a huge upturn in our national team’s fortunes … the reality is very different – Staunton’s job must be on the line. The decisions he makes with regard to selection are verging on the ridiculous and the once “decent” players who played (and scored) in World Cup finals for Ireland have fallen away to struggling journeyman professionals with less than ambitious clubs.
Time for everyone to wake up and smell the re-hydrating decaffeinated isotonic sports drinks …