Tuesday, 19 June 2012

A radical overhaul is required

So now we've finally been put out of our misery and lost our 3 group games, it's time to reflect on where we stand as a footballing nation and where we go from here into the future. There can be no doubting that a radical overhaul of Irish football is required. And I'm not talking about Trapattoni and his conservative tactics or team selections. That would be just skimming the surface. The real problem with Irish soccer lies in the grassroots.

It may not be what everyone wants to hear, but instead of talking about whether McClean and Coleman should be in the team, what we really should be discussing is how the FAI can revamp the mess that is underage soccer?
How can they learn best practise from continental coaches who adopt a diametrically opposed strategy to teaching skills to young players?
How can they foster a passing game amongst existing coaches rather than the 'hoof the ball up the pitch to the big lad up front' approach?
How can they make more all-weather training facilities available to local clubs?
How can they promote the League of Ireland better?
Do they even care about the League of Ireland?
And finally when are they going to stop paying John Delaney the ludicrous sum of €400,000 per year?

The following article goes into more depth on these very issues and is well worth a read.


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