Monday 23 October 2017

No rush on Irish manager – John Delaney

FAI chief says getting right man must be the priority

John Delaney
John Delaney

Cian O'Connell

IRELAND may not have a new manager in place before they take on Germany and Kazakhstan in their concluding World Cup qualifiers next month.

Speaking in Ballinasloe after returning from a UEFA conference in Croatia, FAI chief executive John Delaney insisted that the priority was to ensure that the correct individual is chosen to replace Giovanni Trapattoni.

"Over the next few days we will certainly work out a process as regards appointing the new manager," Delaney said.

"It is more important that we take time to make the right appointment. We have time on our hands. Next September is our next qualifying game of importance.

"The games against Germany and Kazakhstan are not of importance in terms of qualifying for the World Cup finals. That is not going to happen; we all accept that.

"What we will do over the next number of days is establish a board meeting. Then we will put a job description and process together.

"You'd like a manager to be in place before the upcoming games, but it is not a must-do. We would like it to be, but it is not a must-do. If we have to wait past those games to get the right man in, we will wait."

With Darron Gibson revealing his intention to make himself available for international selection again Delaney is adamant that the incoming manager can make an impact with a promising squad of players.

"We've got some very good young footballers coming through – Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, James McClean, Robbie Brady.

"It is good news that Darron Gibson is coming back and made himself available again; he is a quality player. I hope other players, who in the past didn't make themselves available for various reasons, do so now. It will be a new era for Irish football when the new manager is appointed.

"There are good young players coming through and the new manager when he looks at it, will see that. Some people have forgotten that 24 teams go to the Euros next time around so that makes it easier to qualify."

Delaney is encouraged that Denis O'Brien will continue to provide financial backing which will aid the FAI's search.

"Denis O'Brien is back on board from a financial perspective and that gives us the stability to pay a decent salary in the market if we so wish to do.

"All those things have helped significantly and will assist the new manager when he comes in; having quality players and having an increased chance of qualifying for a major tournament and Denis' support attracting interest in the job."

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