Monday 5 December 2016

Off the Ball: Ireland need 2020 vision to restore qualifying hope

Next European campaign must be top priority as next World Cup in Russia looks out of reach

Donny Mahoney

Published 17/06/2015 | 02:30

James McCarthy takes the fight to Scotland last weekend. McCarthy is by far the classiest footballer we have and should be made captain after this campaign DAVID MAHER / SPORTSFILE
James McCarthy takes the fight to Scotland last weekend. McCarthy is by far the classiest footballer we have and should be made captain after this campaign DAVID MAHER / SPORTSFILE

Back when I was a teenager in America in the late 1990s, I remember US Soccer launching a project called 'Towards 2018', or something like that. It was one of those nakedly, and dare I say it, foolishly ambitious schemes Americans are prone to: a 20-year plan to win the 2018 World Cup.

  • Go To

We've had nearly 72 hours of post-mortems following Ireland's highly-frustrating draw to Scotland. The wolves are at the door. The bleak future of Irish football has become the bleak present.

It's time for a plan. Let's call it 'Towards 2020'.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Read More

Don't Miss

Editor's Choice