Ireland legend fears stars of future slipping through net
WHEN Liam Brady walked away from his job with Giovanni Trapattoni and the Irish squad, he knew a moment would come when he would have regrets. That moment duly arrived at the Aviva Stadium last week.
In town with the Arsenal reserves who meet their Manchester United counterparts in a novel fixture at the Tallaght Stadium tonight for the Platinum One Challenge, Brady admitted that he felt pangs during the warm-up at the new stadium before the game against Argentina.
"I was at the match last week and I was looking out at the pitch in the warm-up and that thought crossed my mind," said Brady.
"I made the decision because this is what my job is all about. I think Marco is improving with his English and the role I had to explain certain things to the team -- he can handle that now. I took that into consideration when I made the decision."
Brady had plenty more to say on a range of subjects but it was his thoughts on the current state of coaching in Ireland and England which caught the eye particularly.
"Sometimes in England and Ireland they look for big strong lads at the ages of 14 and 15 and the less physical lads might be overlooked. That's something that needs to be addressed or else we're going to miss maybe the most talented players," he states.
"I would worry that I haven't seen a new Robbie Keane or a new Damien Duff. I think somebody needs to go out and ask the coaches to change the way they're playing the game.
"Don't go for the big lad. You will get more chances of producing a top international player by going the opposite way. I'd love to have a good 15 or 16-year-old Irish player and see him go all the way."
His opposite number at Old Trafford, Ole Solskjaer was also forthright on a number of topics, including the current fate of close friend and ex-team mate Roy Keane.
"If I was a young player, I'd want to work under Roy Keane. We are close friends. And he's a top human being. You know that picture people have of Roy as a ranter and a raver? Well, all he ever asks is 100pc commitment. If you give that, you'll be one of Roy's favourites," he said.
"I think he made a good move going to Ipswich, where he can work more on the quiet. If you go straight into a big club, the Premier League, it can be difficult. I remember talking to Roy and saying to him, 'you're going to be the number two at United' and he didn't want to be a number two. He wanted to learn by making his own mistakes.
"Roy's very humble and he knows he's not the finished article and may not be as a manager until 10 years from now. I'm not here to pick the managers of Manchester United, but I know he's got the mentality of being at a top club.
"But no matter where Roy manages, Ipswich, Sunderland, Manchester United, Juventus, AC Milan, he won't have the same quality of player Roy Keane had around him.
"If I had to pick one player from the players I played with, and I was the manager, Roy would be the one. Of course, you'd want Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Ronaldo, Eric Cantona but if I had to pick one, it would be Roy."