FAI are playing the long game

Getting rid of John Delaney will not solve the problems in Irish football, but investment in facilities and encouraging a European model of support for clubs could make a big difference, writes Rob Hartnett

25th November, 2018
John Delaney and Martin O’Neill parted ways after Ireland had gone nearly five hours without scoring a goalGetty

When the announcement came last Wednesday morning that Martin O’Neill and the FAI were to part company, it was greeted with little surprise. Just like in politics, sport rarely gives managers the opportunity to leave on a high and at a time of their choosing.

O’Neill is moving on with enough financial security to take his time when deciding on his next move. The FAI is also moving on, appointing Mick McCarthy as...

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