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Written By: Emma Browne
John Delaney's head was demanded by the soccer public in the wake of the Steve Staunton debacle. He managed to buy time by seeming to stand aside as CEO from the most significant appointment by the organisation he manages and Trapattoni, for now at least, quells dissent. But if that goes wrong…
BY ADAM MAGUIRE
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Written By: Politico Contributors
If there was one theme which defined the International Managerial Career of Stephen Staunton, it was comedy. From the first, infamous “Gaffer” press conference, to his bizarre posturing behind Ray Houghton moments before Ireland confronted Germany at Stuttgart, Staunton's reign had all the hallmarks of an Elizabethan farce. A famous literary critic once theorized that the only thing to separate a Comedic play from a Tragic play is the ending. In this case, most Irish soccer fans firmly view the last twenty-two months as pure comedy, for it is difficult to formulate a happier ending than that heralded by the FAI in the early hours of Wednesday, 24 October.
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Written By: Harry Browne
Around here we're always complaining that journalists lack a historical perspective. Arguably, many political hacks, with their capacity to rattle off past election results and previous ministerial office-holders, are a partial exception to what we regard as the rule. Sports reporters, too, tend to share with sports fans a frightening store of history's trivia.
But you can know all sorts of information and still fail to impart relevant wisdom. For example, amid all the knee-jerk battering of Steve Staunton, the stereotypical sympathetic counter-reflex was to note that “he was a very good player for Ireland”. This underdeveloped cliché both over- and under-states the role he played in the green jersey and his execution of it.
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