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Brian Kerr: Spotlight Should Be On Disastrous FAI Decision-Making

Brian Kerr: Spotlight Should Be On Disastrous FAI Decision-Making
PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Brian Kerr has said that while attention is on who will succeed Martin O'Neill as Ireland manager, it should also be on the FAI board and CEO John Delaney.

Speaking on Virgin Media News, the 65-year-old described the FAI's decision making over the last few years as "disastrous".

"The spotlight should be on the board of management of the FAI and the leader of the FAI and why they renewed Roy and Martin's contract in January after Martin had made his intentions clear to get two jobs in English football at Stoke City and Everton," said Kerr.

Yet they renewed his contract with vast amounts of money and haven't been doing the job very well at all.

Things have gone from bad to worse: The football has been dreadful; the atmosphere around the team has been very poor; we've had the controversy of Roy's row with Harry Arter; the whole issue around Declan Rice and whether he's going to play for us or not.

I think it might have all worn Martin down. In his interview on Monday with Anne Marie [on Virgin Media Sport] he looked drained and he looked upset. Although he talked positively about the future and the young players, I think he himself felt that his time was probably up - he was no longer inspiring the players to the type of performances Irish supporters want to see.


Kerr said that both Stephen Kenny and Brian Kerr are strong candidates to replace O'Neill. Asked if he would be interested in the job, Kerr said he would but told presenter, Geraldine Lynagh:


"I think the chances of me being asked back are as likely as you might get asked in.

"So, I don't think my chances would be very good."

See Also: 10 Candidates To Be The Next Ireland Manager


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