Liam Brady: I doubt if Martin O’Neill wants the job
Irish soccer legend Liam Brady believes that Martin O’Neill may not be interested in the Republic of Ireland job given the external factors pressures associated with the job.
O'Neill, who previously managed Leicester City, Celtic, Aston Villa and Sunderland, has been installed as the hot favourite to replace Giovanni Trapattoin who stood down this morning.
Brady believes Martin O’Neill could suit the job but could want the same money for doing so that the FAI were paying Trapattoni.
“There has been a lot of debate about what Trapattoni was being paid but I doubt he will do it for much less than that,” Brady told RTE Radio.
“I have no problem with Martin but I would have my doubts as to whether he would take the job.
“Potential manager will look at the players at their disposal and the potential media expectation and other factors in Ireland may put them off.”
Brady admitted that he is worried that Giovanni Trapattoni’s departure could usher in a very low period in Irish football.
The former Arsenal, Juventus and Sampdoria great believes that the man who replaces Trap could have a massive task on his hands with Ireland failing to produce world class players.
Irish players has always formed part of top English sides in the 80s and 90s but Anthony Stokes, who didn’t feature under Trap, is the only Irish player who will play in this season’s Champions League.
“Ireland should always be in with a chance of qualifying particularly through the playoffs,” Brady added.
“For us to top a group is expecting too much but finishing second is well within our capabilities, or, it was with Trapattoni.
“My worry is that our best players are getting old and the players coming in are nowhere near as good as they were. That’s not Giovanni Trapattoni’s fault.
“If you look at where our players are playing their football. It’s basically at the lower end of the Premier League or in the Championship.
“Long gone are the times when out players were winning leagues with Liverpool or playing in the Champions League.
“O’Shea was the only player who has had significant experience in the Champions League and that’s the calibre of player we’ve got and we’re losing our best players.
“There will 24 qualifying teams for the next tournament and that could make our task a little bit easier but I’m very worried about the future of Irish football.”
His fellow RTE pundit Eamon Dunphy is more optimistic about the future but believes that Martin O’Neill must be at the helm.
“I think Martin O’Neill is the right man. He has an outstanding record in the game in Britain. He will be more attentive to details, he will go to matches,” Dunphy said.
“He will understand the football culture much more than Trapattoni did.”