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
Published 17/06/2015 | 02:30
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.
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'.