O'Neill hesitancy speaks volumes about Irish talent
And so we wait. Desperately seeking a saviour, this football nation remains stranded in limbo. The outlook is bleak. The hesitancy being displayed by the FAI's preferred choice Martin O'Neill (right) is hardly encouraging.
Some say O'Neill's preference is for a day-to-day job rather than the interrupted schedule of an international manager. I'm sceptical.
O'Neill has been around the game long enough to recognise a team and a role with potential.
If he thought such a description was applicable to the Irish job O'Neill wouldn't be sitting on his hands. I suspect money isn't a problem, just as it wasn't in the previous era thanks to Denis O'Brien.
If the job has been offered you either want the role or you don't. The only conclusion I can draw is that Mr O'Neill remains unconvinced. And frankly whether or not he takes the job now, I think many of us fans are too.