For too long Giovanni Trapattoni has been looking to other nations for the future of Irish football. Now the time has come to clean decks and ship some of the weak and hungry off elsewhere. First to walk the plank is Alex Bruce, son of Steve and the holder of two Irish caps in friendly games. He is now making come to bed eyes at Nigel Worthington, Nige had to be stop in his tracks as it's usually the opposite with Norn Iron players marching across the border into Tardelli's arms.
The question now is, how much can we pay Fifa and a good genealogist in order to get Paul McShane off our hands.
Goodbye our Alex, we hardly knew ye.