Upping the Ante : No cheers for FAI’s birthday boy as Ireland continue to drown

It’s 51 not out for John Delaney, but he is presiding over a rudderless team and an increasingly unpopular manager

21st October, 2018

Last week, an image emerged on social media that somehow seemed to sum up everything about the Football Association of Ireland, the body charged with advancing the beautiful game in our sports-mad country.

Someone, perhaps mischievously, smuggled a photo out of the FAI’s suite in the Aviva Stadium, the redeveloped Lansdowne Road, which has proved somewhat catastrophic for the organisation’s finances. “Happy birthday John,” was written on a clear balloon. Perhaps it was better that...

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