Tuesday 26 September 2017

Weak Ireland squad may put off potential managers, warns Niall Quinn

Niall Quinn is worried about Ireland's future
Niall Quinn is worried about Ireland's future

FORMER Ireland striker Niall Quinn suspects the job may not appeal to some candidates when they analyse the strength of the current squad.

Quinn, a veteran of the golden age of the national team,  identified veterans Shay Given, Richard Dunne, John O'Shea, Damien Duff and Robbie Keane as recent totems of the Republic team, but can see few coming through to match up to them.

"Anybody who feels there is a magician that is going to come in and turn us into a great team overnight, I think they're sadly mistaken," Quinn told Sky Sports News.

"The worry for the new manager coming in is: as those five players have come to the twilight - in fact some of them don't play any more - what's come in, what great stars have come in to take their place?

"The answer is: none. I'd be very worried that we don't have the talent - that we don't have something strong for a manager like Martin (O'Neill), like Roy (Keane), Mick McCarthy, to go on and kick on straight away.

"The only upside to a new manager coming in for the Euros is there are eight new places at the competition and that'll make it a small easier to qualify."

Quinn called Trapattoni's departure "inevitable", given the frustration of the current campaign, and he raised the point that the Italian's spoken English may have hindered him.

"We didn't get to know him enough," Quinn said.

"I'm sure there were things about Giovanni we couldn't break down because of communication difficulties."

Former midfielder Jason McAteer was more positive about the future: "Giovanni is a lovely fella, very shrewd. Two poor results cost them qualification and it was time to move on.

"There are some good players coming through. It's important to get the right man now to bring those players through.

"Mick McCarthy coming back would be fantastic but I think Mick is enjoying the day-to-day management at Ipswich and that, for me, would rule him out.

"Martin O'Neill, with his man-management skills, would be an ideal candidate."

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