Football: DON'T BE TOO KEANE TO AXE STEVE

The Mirror (London, England), March 24, 2007 | Go to article overview

Football: DON'T BE TOO KEANE TO AXE STEVE


Byline: LAWRO

STEVE STAUNTON will be left fearing the worst if the Republic of Ireland suffer another hammer blow.

Defeat to Wales at Croke Park will really turn the heat on Staunton and on the FAI, which could see him sacked as manager.

That would be a weak decision and the wrong one, as the fact Staunton received a four-year contract shows this was no quick fix.

For Roy Keane (below) to wade in this week is rather unfair. To question Liam Miller's omission from Ireland smacked of a manager looking after his player because the Sunderland midfielder has hardly made himself undroppable.

He could not get games at Manchester United, did not impress at Leeds and is now doing OK in the Championship.

To turn that into an issue seems wrong. Some of Keane's other remarks have upped the pressure on a former team-mate who does not need it.

Keane does not have much of a point anyway, as the plain truth is Ireland are stuck in a lean spell.

They do not have great quality beyond Robbie Keane and Shay Given and have no chance of qualifying for Euro 2008.

But Staunton's job should be trying to take the team forward, discovering a more successful formula and players and concentrating on reaching the World Cup in 2010. …

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