An Open Letter to FAI benefactor Denis O’Brien
From Cathal Dervan, sports editor of the Irish Sun and long time Ireland football fan
You also spoke that day of your support for Giovanni Trapattoni and the FAI.
Here’s what you said to irishcentral.com: “I have a gentleman’s understanding with John Delaney and I am happy with that.”
You also asked that the Green Army be ‘realistic’ in light of the team’s European Championship disappointments.
You added: “Look, we need to be realistic. I went to all three games in Poland and it was a fantastic atmosphere.
“I know everyone was beating back home about how we got killed, but look, we were up against the two finalists and Croatia, who are one of the best central European footballing nations.
“Obviously the team did not perform to its ability and you have to ask why
– was it because they were tired? Was it because they were in camp for too long?
“But at the end of the day Trapattoni is a hell of a manager. He got us there, he nearly got us to the World Cup only for a handball, and the fact that he got us all the way to the European Championships is a great achievement.
“We have maybe three or four really good players and the rest are good players. There’s that little difference.”
On Friday we didn’t even have three or four really good players against a German team made up of really great players.
Injuries and retirements hit us hard this weekend but that’s only half the story.
We played like a team with no idea and no great confidence on Friday night. We went out a spent and beaten docket before a ball was kicked.
The team lost the crowd the minute the first goal went in and the FAI, like their manager, are slowly losing their public.
Fans will watch Tuesday night’s game in the Faroes on TV but few of them will pay to watch Greece or Poland in friendly games at the Aviva in November and February respectively.
That’s the real worry for those left to count the beans at FAI headquarters in Abbotstown.
Without the public there will be no cash stream for the FAI. You only pay for half the management team so that public does matter.
Only you can afford to pay off the same management team and save Irish football a fortune in the long term. How about it Denis, how about it?
*This article first appeared in the Irish Sun at http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/irishsun/irishsunsport/irishfootball/4588630/We-need-one-more-cheque-please-Denis.html.
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