Tuesday 21 November 2017

Crisis needs sorting or we run risk of lost decade

Brian Kerr's time as Ireland youth coach was one of unprecedented success
Brian Kerr's time as Ireland youth coach was one of unprecedented success

Joe Molloy

There was a time not so long ago when Ireland routinely beat Spain at underage level. We were competing at the business end of youth World Cups.

We were winning European Championships and there was justified cause for excitement and optimism. Fast-forward 15 years and that once-golden generation is on the cusp of bidding farewell.

John O'Shea and Robbie Keane are the final stragglers out the door. And frankly we're not left with much. The age profile of the senior team is worrying in the extreme. As things stand, we won't have one Premier League starter under the age of 25 come August. We're in crisis.

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