Saturday 27 May 2017

LOI Weekly: 'We need a revolution at the top' - Brian Kerr has strong feelings on future of the League

BRIAN KERR believes that a 'revolution' at the top is necessary to transform the fortunes of the League of Ireland.

But he doesn't expect a call from the current authorities looking for his take on the way forward.

The former Ireland and St Patrick's Athletic manager was the guest on this week's LOI Weekly podcast and he opened up on his frustration with the governance of the domestic game.

"We need a revolution at the top of how it's been done, how it's being run, and a completely new thinking. We need to get people who are interested in with a real focus on trying to produce something a bit different," said Kerr.

"My negativity is only frustration that people (who) don't love it with a passion are running it. We don't have people who talk about the league in the FAI, except with a troubled child attitude.  I want people to care like the managers care, I want people to care like some of the journalists care, like we care, like I care about it.

"There's not enough people running it who care about it. They are doing other jobs and there's other things that matter to them. We need a dedicated staff passionate about the league, inventive about the promotion of the league, trying to make things happen rather than to stop things happening. The league should be on a pedestal. Instead its subservient to all the international teams."

Kerr indicated that he would like to work in football again, but the one-time FAI Technical Director and dual European Championship winning youths manager does not expect anybody in Abbotstown to be seeking his opinion on the development of the game.

"That's all someone else's call," said the Irish Independent columnist, "The leadership of the FAI are deciding on that for the people who are working for them. I'm around, I'm at matches, I'm available. But there's lots of good people around, lots of good coaches have emerged."

Kerr also expressed his disappointment with the quality of football served up at the Aviva Stadium by Martin O'Neill's Ireland over the past week.

And, in the course of reflecting on his long association with St Patrick's Athletic, Kerr discusses the best player that he worked with outside of his time with the senior international team - Saints legend Eddie Gormley.

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