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Brady: I was away from Arsenal job too much

LIAM BRADY has revealed he could no longer afford to spend time away from his day job with Arsenal due to his involvement with the Irish national team.

Brady will link up with the Ireland squad at the familiar surroundings of the Arsenal training ground next weekend to prepare for the friendly with Brazil at the Emirates Stadium, but that will be his last official involvement with Giovanni Trapattoni's set-up before stepping away from his Ireland role when his contract runs out in April.

And over the weekend, Brady expanded on his reasons for quitting his role with Ireland.

"I'm stepping down from the Ireland job mainly because of my duties here at Arsenal," Brady said.

"It is a lot of responsibility to be doing two jobs and my loyalty first and foremost lies with Arsenal because I've been in this job since 1996 and I have just recently extended my contract.


"I've had the experience of the two years [with Ireland] and obviously decision time was coming upon me. I was asked to stay on but when I considered the amount of time I was actually away from my day job I felt it wasn't really right, so reluctantly I made the decision.

"There were lots of things I really, really enjoyed about the Irish job and the World Cup campaign that we had just taken part in was very exciting and it was very good to be involved with senior players again. It was very enjoyable but I felt the right thing to do was to resign.

"There is a lot of preparation that goes into international games. When there were double headers I could be away for almost two weeks, 12 days.

"I tried to look at things and put them into perspective and I felt that it just wasn't right. I have a lot of people working for youth development and I need to be around."