Have your say: How to solve two problems at once
What exactly has Giovanni Trapattoni achieved that Stephen Staunton didn't in the same amount of time? Nothing. So is it still sacrilegious to criticise Giovanni even though he is a rubbish manager of the Irish team?
The time is approaching for a new chief to take over and I've been drawing up a list of possible candidates.
I have to put head of the list our current Taoiseach, for if ever a man charges full tilt into the problems of disconnected organisation and the forgetting to tell us what is goin' on, then he's first choice.
His hairy eggs and bacon approach to Irish life and its problems is just what the team needs. He and they need only have to ignore any responsibility for lacklustre performances and move into the future murmuring 'Lehman Brothers' under their breath.
Finance Minister and bewildering hero (we all love him, apparently) Brian Lenihan is an expert at turning corners, so he is the man who can become second in command and teach the lads how to take them successfully.
My other choices are still being honed for inclusion, but sure aren't these two boys perfect for the job? Where else would we get 'em, and we'd put an end to all that foreign gallivanting for folk to show us how to do it in these tough times . . . for Irish football.
We could make Giovanni an honorary Irish Senator as a reward. There was a tradition among the Romans of old to do things like that, even though Caligula's horse was made a consul, despite rumours that he became a senator. Incitatus was allowed sit in the Senate, however.
Down and Kerry -- last two standing
The statement by the compilers of From the Stands in last Sunday's paper in relation to "Dublin, Kerry, Cork, Tyrone and Down -- the last five standing" when referring to "the final frontier for the tradition of not appointing a football manager from outside the county" would not appear to be factually correct.
Tommy Lyons, a native of Mayo, has in the last decade managed Dublin, while Larry Tompkins, a native of Kildare, has managed Cork.
Gerry Brown, a native of Newry, Co Down, managed Tyrone when they won their first Ulster championship titles in 1956 and 1957.
So, as has been correctly pointed out by former county manager Eugene McGee, Kerry and Down are the only real 100% insiders.
Lewis spells it out in black and white
It was very difficult to argue with any of Eamonn Sweeney's points about American sport [Oct 31].
I was a little surprised he didn't mention the book Moneyball by Michael Lewis, possibly the best sports book I have ever read.
The book received a lot of column inches over here in light of Liverpool's recent takeover and John Henry's interest in Billy Beane's methods.
Infante doesn't warrant call-up
As an American living in the Galway area, and an avid sports fan, I do see some things that I like about the system in America versus here, and I have to say the polarities you point out are spot on.
However, I do have to point out one thing though . . . Omar Infante? Seriously?
Honestly, that might be like saying John O'Shea is one of the top four or five elite football players in the English Premier League. Infante is a substitute, that's all.
For someone else outside America, you could have mentioned many people apart from Infante, namely Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, or even Alex Rodriguez from the Dominican Republic.
Ichiro and Pujols, great inclusions. And be careful about the shrugging off the bad calls! We get after it too.