Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Save Brian Kerr

FIRST of all I’ll put my hands up and admit that I have not been following Ireland’s football campaign the way nearly everyone else I know has but I want to keep Brian Kerr as Ireland manager.

End 0f Ireland's World Cup Dream

Given the tone since last week’s match and given the baying for Brian’s blood since then, I realise I am probably on a losing one here.

There is no denying that Kerr is a passionate manager and I was delighted when I learned he was the new Ireland manager more than a year ago.

Like many others I first heard of Brian Kerr on news reports following the fantastic and successful performances of Ireland’s youth teams when he was manager.

Pic from here.

I couldn’t name another youth manager, such was their success. It’s a bit like naming the second person to climb Everest, or walk on the moon, okay okay I know it was Buzz Aldrin but you get what I am saying.

I liked that Brian Kerr is an out and out no-nonsense Dub and I think it would be a shame if he was pushed out of the job. There’s no one person to blame, a team is bigger than one person.

End 0f Ireland's World Cup Dream

While it was devastating to be knocked out of the World Cup, can the blame really be laid on one person’s shoulders? I don’t think so, but then I really like Brian Kerr.

Pic from here.

Altogether now ‘WHO DO WE WANT’ ‘BRIAN KERR’.

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JL Pagano said...

Sorry RedMum, but I have to disagree, at least with your desire for him to stay. I am with you, however, on the assertion that it is not his fault.

Say someone is a wonderful Economics teacher. Would you immediately promote him to Minister for Finance based on his abilities in the classroom? That is precisely what the FAI did by making Kerr manager of the senior team.

What they should have done IMHO is reward him for his stellar work in the youth system by appointing him as No 2 to someone who at very least had Premiership experience, who was used to dealing with full-time professional footballers and to moulding them into a competitive team as opposed to doing so with raw youngsters.

Had the FAI done this and not saved themselves a packet by appointing someone who was already on their payroll anyway, maybe now we would be looking forward to Germany or if not, then perhaps Kerr would have been ready to step up.

The way things worked out, nobody won.

Apparently the FAI are planning to create an "Academy" for the cream of our youth, something they should have done fifteen years ago rather than sit back and let the English clubs coach our emerging talent. If this happens, I can think of no better man to spearhead such an Academy than Brian Kerr. I truly hope this is the outcome.

Georgio said...

The team played like a bunch of school kids! Not surprising considering Kerr's background. International football needs smart experienced managers not ur mate from the pub