Clearly, as FAI chief John Delaney has been saying all along to be fair to him, the FAI are in no rush to appoint Trapattoni’s successor with the next competitive game not until September 2014.
The fact that O’Neill was available immediately was always the reason why he was quickly installed as favorite to replace Trap. The fact that he still harbors Premier League ambitions, as outlined by my Ulster friends over a putt or two at Galgorm, is the reason why some FAI heads are going cool on O’Neill.
That’s not to say he won’t get the job, but I’m hearing whispers that Mick McCarthy may now be the man the FAI wants. And that promises to be an interesting twist to the story in the coming days.
It might also be worth a few bob or two down the bookies! Last time O’Neill turned down the Ireland job I won enough on Steve Staunton getting it to buy a Callaway FT3 driver.
It’s about time I got a new one.
(Cathal Dervan is sports editor of the Irish Sun newspaper in Dublin)
HERO OF THE WEEK
BERNARD Brogan is still one medal behind his dad Bernard’s haul of three Celtic Crosses, but his performance against Mayo in Sunday’s All-Ireland final was as good as anything seen at Croke Park in recent years so it’s hard to believe that some critics were slagging Brogan off earlier this year. He practically won the semifinal against Kerry on his own and was man of the match on Sunday.
IDIOT OF THE WEEK
SUNDERLAND took a chance when they appointed Paolo Di Canio as manager in succession to Martin O’Neill late last season, and the error of their ways came home to roost on Sunday when they were forced to sack the Italian after he stood in front of jeering fans after Saturday’s defeat to West Brom and all but egged them on. A fiery meeting with the players on Sunday proved the last straw, with Ireland defender John O’Shea making to clear to the club’s American owner Ellis Short that they wanted nothing more to do with Di Canio. The players won but he should never have been appointed in the first place.