Monday 21 August 2017

Money can't buy me love

DENIS O'BRIEN: One of his army of spinners must have told him of the benefits of soccer patronage
DENIS O'BRIEN: One of his army of spinners must have told him of the benefits of soccer patronage

A cool million for the new Ireland soccer manager, Giovanni Trapattoni. €62 million for Denis.

Businessmen who long to be loved are volatile creatures.

Once upon a time there was a little businessman called Denis. He was an ordinary, likeable bloke. A keen rugby enthusiast, a member of Wanderers rugby club, he came from a solid middle-class background. He was privately educated, at High School Dublin, University College Dublin and the Smurfit School of Business. He was no star but an enthusiastic, ambitious risk taker.

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