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beachcomber BS: Irelands World Cup Part 2 (102* d) RE: BS: Irelands World Cup Part 2 12 Jun 02

In reply to Red Eye, The FAI have been in control of Irish Soccer (Republic that is) since the foundation of the State yet in all that time they have failed miserably to counteract, adequately, the adverse propaganda that is spread and continues to be about the so-called "un-irishness" of the game. This in spite of being involved with a fantastic, worldwide footballing code. Were it not for England winning the World Cup, back in '66 when our population's attention and interest were aroused by TV coverage, we would still be in the "dark ages" soccerwise. This is all as a consequence of the "Ah, that'll be grand" attitude that is still adhered to by so many of our International Officials, a one-time national malaise that is nowadays largely superseeded by a more professional approach to problem solving in this country. Keane was perfectly correct in his identification of our administration's bumbling (One has only to remember the "Rabbit-dazzled-in-ithe-headlights" performance of John Delaney (FAI Hon Treasurer) at those farcical news conferences of last month. However Keane was also perfectly in-correct in rushing to the media to air his opinions at so sensitive a time. McCarthy? his only real failing as a team-manager appears to be his almost paranoidal need to be accepted as the "supremo" . In this new century it will be a progressively more difficult task in the environment of Lottery-win style wages and media driven controversy in football. Good, got that off me chest Goodluck Beach

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