Thursday 22 February 2018

Declan Lynch: You can't manage the team, country, bank: you'll go far

In this world, ambition usually takes you a lot further up the chain of command than talent, writes Declan Lynch

At some point during his time as manager of the Republic, it seems that Giovanni Trapattoni became quite poor at the job. Moreover, it seems that many of the people who support the Republic began to believe that in certain areas at least -- picking the right players, for example -- they could do the job better than Trapattoni, and Tardelli, and whoever else might be contributing to the obvious decline of the team.

Now, we are conditioned to believe that the supporters must be mistaken in that belief, that they don't really understand how the game works, that they are deluded. But perhaps they are not deluded. Perhaps they are right.

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