Originally Posted by Fr Tod Umptious
It's the bandwagon you see.
Anyone with something negative to say about the FAI is automatically correct, regardless of their motivation.
It's a bit like a post on the John Delaney thread a few months back that appuladed something critical Brendan Menton had to say about the FAI
If one is agreeing with what Menton has to say in regards to FAI governance then one has really jumped the shark.
I'm no fan of the FAI, but equally I don't take every criticism of them as gospel, as many do.
As I said Kerr is still moaning after rightly being dropped as manager in 2005 (obviously his successor was a bigger disaster), so he has had a gripe against the FAI since.
What he says should be taken with that very much in mind.
Well done on managing to completely swerve some of the facts presented there.
We were properly brutal in 2008, but finished 3rd as expected in a group with Germany and a then still good Czech team. Kerr would probably have still finished 3rd, but with more points I wager.
Yes we were unbeaten in 2010 qualifying and could've gone through in playoffs and we all know what happened, but we were actually pretty brutal in the group drawing 6 games. The italy matches were good results, but we couldn't beat Bulgaria or Montenegro. We scraped by Cyprus in both games. We also scraped through as the 8th best 2nd place team.
2012 we probably had one of the easiest groups we've ever had, finished 2nd and then got the easiest draw we could've asked for.
1998 we scraped 2nd place in a group that we should have been comfortable ahead of Lithuania and Macedenia.
2002 is the outlier. One of the hardest groups we've ever had, and we were excellent. We could have legitimately topped that group and only lost out on GD. It was fortunate that we knew that our group's runner up was likely to be playing either Iran or Saudi Arabia before our first game though and not have a potential European heavyweight to knock us out of another playoff.
So once again, Kerr was at the very least par for the course as a manager. Some of the players had a bit of strop, but they embraced even dourer, negative tactics in the years that followed.
Had he been kept on, and also given some type of remit to develop things nationally, Irish football would be in a much healthier place by now, but we're still clinging on to the hope that a few people will find an ancestor