Sunday 18 February 2018

Ireland job 'a poisoned chalice' – McGeady

Aiden McGeady also shrugged off criticism from the RTE panel
Aiden McGeady also shrugged off criticism from the RTE panel

Soccer Ruaidhri O'Connor

AIDEN McGEADY has labelled the vacant Ireland manager's job a "poisoned chalice".

The winger believes that expectations around the national football team are too high and said that whoever replaces Giovanni Trapattoni will face a tough task to satisfy unrealistic demands.

Amid calls for Ireland to adopt a more expansive style in the wake of the team's failure to reach the World Cup, McGeady warned that the grass may not be greener under a new boss.

"It all depends on what the new manager wants to do," he said when asked if Ireland can play a more expansive style.

"We could probably end up playing two centre-backs wide, two full-backs pushing on and losing and getting absolutely hammered by all you (journalists) and everyone on TV still.

"You can never really win. It is probably a bit of a poisoned chalice, the manager's job over here, same in England as well. If you do well you are always still going to have people saying that's wrong, that's not right – you can't please everyone."

McGeady also shrugged off criticism from the RTE soccer panel, saying that he believes Eamon Dunphy has no credibility.

The Spartak Moscow winger said that the views of the pundit would not cause many in the Irish squad to lose much sleep.

Dunphy described Ireland's performance against Germany on Friday night as "terrible", adding that he felt stand-in manager Noel King's tactics were "a shambles".

"No one takes any notice of that sort of stuff," McGeady said, before replying: "No. Do you think he has?" when asked if he felt Dunphy has credibility.

Irish Independent

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