The Irish team must have thought that all they had to do was show up and the win would be theirs. Fair play to San Marino though for pushing so hard for the win, and if there was any justice, they would have gotten the draw. Given that the winner wasn’t scored until the 5th minute of injury, Ireland certainly didn’t deserve to win.
This game just raises more questions about the Irish soccer setup. Why was a manager with virtually no management experience appointed to be the manager of an international team? Where is the pride in representing your country? Where was the leadership, both on and off the field? When was the entire board of FAI struck with selective blindness? It was obviously a gradual event, as the first symptoms first appeared when they were searching for a manager, and since then it has worsened dramatically. And of course the most important question, when is Steve Staunton going to be shown the door?
If you have any answers to the above questions, please direct them to:
The Football Association of Ireland
80 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 7037 500
Fax: +353 1 662 4630