Thursday 22 August 2019

'I’ve had no approach from anyone in the FAI to do anything' - Brian Kerr

Brian Kerr calling for changes in Irish football. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Brian Kerr calling for changes in Irish football. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Despite the recent clamour to get Brian Kerr back involved with Irish football, the former Ireland manager revealed last night that he has had no contact with the FAI about taking up a role.

Kerr says there has been no approach to get him back working in the Irish youth set-up, where he helped deliver European titles at U16 and U18 level in the 90s, since he and the FAI parted ways in 2005.

After Ireland's playoff humbling against Denmark, Liam Brady was one of many voices who said that Irish football would be best served by utilising Kerr, and last night on TV3's Champions League coverage, the subject was broached with the man himself.

Host Tommy Martin asked the 64-year-old whether he would like to get back involved if a call came from the FAI.

"I’m not promoting this discussion at all," Kerr said.

"What I would say is I had two long spells, one under Liam Tuohy back in the 80s when there was a lot of success under his management with Noel O’Reilly, and I enjoyed that very much. Then I had almost another 10 years at it and I enjoyed that very much and we had a lot of successful times, but I’ve had no approach from anyone in the FAI to do anything for them since the day my contract was terminated.

"That’s a very awkward one Tommy, because it hasn’t appeared like anything like that was going to happen," he continued.

"I’ve had no inkling towards that happening over the last dozen years so I’ve gone away worked abroad, I’m working here, I'm doing media stuff.

"I’m staying in touch with the game but I’ve had no approach from any side of the FAI that has any indicated they’ve any interest in using me."

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