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Media witch hunt not helping Ireland
I am delighted that the FAI is backing Giovanni Trapattoni to remain in charge of our national soccer team. I believe that a section of the media has been engaged in a vicious witch hunt against Trap, and his assistant Marco Tardelli, since long before our poor performances in Poland, and the embarrassing display against Germany.
Richard Sadlier [Oct 14] writes that supporters like me should be given a slap because we still support Trapattoni. Let me tell you Mr Sadlier, that this is my 15th World Cup as a proud Irish supporter and if anybody deserves a slap it is yourself and your compatriot Paul Hyland, who writes in your sister newspaper (Evening Herald). As a regular away supporter, I have not come across too many that want a change of manager at this time.
We have a realistic chance of qualifying for the finals in Brazil, so could I appeal to the media in general to get behind the boys in green, stop stirring up trouble, stop encouraging mutiny in the camp, and finally stop trying to pick the team.
Wanted: Samba Boys in Green
The recent announcement that one of the seven wonders of the modern world, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, will go green on St Patrick's Day prompts me to ponder is there any chance that our new-found Brazilian friends could go the whole hog and lend us a few of their Maracana Masters after the pasting we took at the hands or, more correctly, the feet of the Germans. It's our only hope to keep us on the Road to Rio and we promise we'll return them safe but with a sound Irish-Italian brogue when we reach the 2014 World Cup Finals.
But wait, I'm dreaming of course -- they probably wouldn't fit into El Trap's system.
Don't judge Trap on one freak result
The raw rabid reckless blood lust of people treating the erudite and sophisticated Mr Trapattoni as some sort of mad wild dog who has lost the run of himself, and calling for his head, is disgusting and utterly obscene. Trapattoni has an excellent track record as a soccer manager and it is very anomalous to judge him on one freak fluke bad result.
Replays reveal sore point or three
Having read last week's letter to your newspaper on the media silence over Kilkenny's recent injuries, I fully agree with the writer.
I attended Kilkenny's semi-final v Tipperary, and the final and replay v Galway, but it wasn't until I watched the recorded matches days after that I realised how reckless the tackles were.
Michael Rice was the victim of a one-handed pull in the semi-final. In the final replay, Richie Power was struck across the head with a hurl after he scored Kilkenny's first goal, right in front of the umpire.
A Galway player later swiped his hurl into TJ Reid's knee, resulting in a badly damaged kneecap, when the game was long over as a contest.
There was no video evidence on these incidents, no big headlines from the sports journalists, or big comments from the Sunday Game experts, but I can assure you that if they were perpetrated by Kilkenny players, they would all have had a field day.
Bit O'Red live up to proud history
Sligo Rovers always do it the hard way but boy can they turn it on.
Last Saturday's epic was proof of that -- only one way to play the beautiful game, full-frontal attack.
Skee McGee, Sligo's most mercurial son, smiled at the full-back as he went for goal. Johnny Brooks with silken feet. Tony Fagan, our man in he middle of the park. David Pugh as solid a defender you could get.
The names go on -- Harry McLoughlin's sweet goal that won the cup for the first time; Quigley and company, who have served us well.
Well done the Bit O'Red.
Soft day at The Showgrounds
As a supporter of St Patrick's Athletic, I would like to offer my congratulations to Eamonn Sweeney on Sligo Rovers winning their first league title in 35 years.
It was great to be in The Showgrounds last Saturday to witness a wonderful game in which Pat's played their full part. There were over 5,000 people at the game.
It was surprising though that one linesman saw fit to give what you might call a 'soft penalty'!
Sunday Indo Sport