Ireland’s hunt for a new manager received a boost yesterday when John Delaney revealed that telecoms tycoon Denis O’Brien will continue to sign the cheques for whoever takes the hot seat.
John Delaney is not giving too much away about who that would be before an FAI EGM which takes place on Tuesday.
Martin O’Neill looks certain to take the position if he can agree personnel terms but there have been some interesting names mentioned in the last few days which speaks volumes for the attractiveness of the position or perhaps more so for the size of Denis O’Brien’s cheque book. The latest name is Argentine Hector Cuper, the former Inter, Valencia and Parma coach lasted less than 5 months at his last two clubs Racing Santander and Orduspor and is a slightly left of field candidate.
After the FAI’s most recent experience of dealing with a foreign manager unfamiliar with Irish football culture and it’s players means that the FAI are likely to look closer to home. Roy Keane has received the support of Brian Kerr in his application for the position in a move which would divide the country the country all the lines of Saipan 11 years ago.
Whoever it is that takes up the position the FAI can count themselves lucky to have Denis O’Brien as their benefactor. The delicate financial position that the FAI find themselves in means that they would struggle to attract a top level manager to the position. Denis O’Brien will be hoping that the next manager brings Ireland up to the next level and restore some pride in the jersey.