FAI to blame for state of Irish Soccer – Liam Brady

Former Republic of Ireland international player and assistant manager Liam Brady believes that the FAI are to blame for the current predicament Irish soccer finds itself in.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Brady questioned the work of the FAI’s high performance director Ruud Dokter and his predecessor Wim Koevermans, while criticising their lack of desire to involve former Irish players.

Brady said, “What worries me above anything else is the lack of players we have coming through,” he said. “I’m no expert in that regard with the FAI but I know whatever has gone on hasn’t worked.

“We’re simply not seeing the talent that we once had in the years gone past. The likes of Damien Duff, Robbie Keane, Richard Dunne and Shay Given – all top class players. We haven’t replaced them with anybody of the same quality.”

-Noah Harte