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Sunday 20 April 2014

Little knowledge a dangerous thing for lazy hacks

MARTIN O'NEILL has brought clarity to Ireland press conferences after the chaos of Giovanni Trapattoni, but the new man's words can still get lost in interpretation.

Last week, an English journalist popped up at O'Neill's end-of-year press briefing where a question was posed about possible additions to the back-room staff.

"I'm seeing John this evening and I am going to put a few things across to him and him likewise to me," responded the Derryman.

The locals knew it was a reference to FAI chief John Delaney, but the guest inaccurately thought it was a reference to another John -- O'Neill's well-respected former assistant, John Robertson.

A story duly popped up on the wires indicating that the Scot was being lined up to bolster Ireland's 'dream team.'

Mistakes happen and it is easy to see how an outsider got it wrong, although this error went miles further than it should have.

For the FAI press department, who had to contact some notable outlets to inform them of the misunderstanding when they were alerted to it by Irish hacks, it must have been like old times.

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