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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Mistrust of Long continues sad trend

The present manager, Martin O'Neill, appears to have the same difficulty in recognising the talent of Shane Long
The present manager, Martin O'Neill, appears to have the same difficulty in recognising the talent of Shane Long

Seán Ryan, Pat Coffey and Fergus McDonnell

ssport@independent.ie

IF the recent history of the Republic of Ireland team is anything to go by, managers of a conservative nature have an aversion to placing their trust in creative players.

Starting with Jack Charlton, who had his differences with David O'Leary and Liam Brady, this trend was continued by Giovanni Trapattoni, who spurned the talents of midfield playmakers Andy Reid and Wes Hoolahan. Apparently, both managers preferred a more functional type of football, in which they, rather than their players, pulled the strings.

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