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Jim's strength

• The astuteness and football brain of Jim McGuinness is a given.

What I admire most about him is his single-mindedness. Whilst most football pundits would have had him on his knees begging Kevin Cassidy to return to the fold, Jim stood firm. I agree with Kevin that there are more important things in life than football, but it must be a sickener not to have the medal in the back pocket.

Mick Hannon
Clones, Co Monaghan

• Where is the Jim McGuinness of economics? A man or woman of ideas who realises that our present method of playing economic games is futile and will lead only to further defeat, failure and misery.

We have the players, we have the skills, we have shown we can hold our own with any nation on Earth in terms of invention, innovation and productivity. We have often "boxed" successfully above our weight. But our management team is mired and hamstrung by a centuries-old playmaking (economic) philosophy that is dead but not buried. It received the final coup de gras in the 21st Century when technology changed the game of economics forever. But the old guard will have none of it.

Their intransigent denial that anything has really changed in matters of production or growth or unemployment sees us playing the new game in the old way and is condemning us to life on the losing side in perpetuity. There will be no lifting the cup of prosperity, no basking in the glory of success. Just austerity, hardship, insecurity and despondency.

Jim McGuinness achieved his dream by thinking differently; devising a method of play that suited his players; committing to a logic that worked. Our management team has no such ambition; they are content to enjoy the perks and privileges of their position, impervious to the futility of their "game plan" or the hopelessness and despair of their followers.

Jim McGuinness thought new thoughts and prospered; Economic Ireland's team plays old strategies in a new game and advances further up a league of failure where we will surely be champions some day soon.

Padraic Neary
Tubbercurry, Co Sligo

Irish Independent