Thursday, November 8, 2007

Ireland Gets Its World Class Manager

They promised us a world class coach.
They’d make the right decision.
A man who had the right approach,
A man with strength and vision,
A man who’d shake this country up,
A brilliant motivator
Who’d get us to the next World Cup,
A passion-instigator.

Nothing would stand in their way
To get the man we needed,
Who’d galvanise our style of play,
Ensuring we got seeded.
And so the FAI unveiled
The national team’s new man,
And what a corker they have nailed!
The shy and bashful Stan.

Loyal servant, yes. But…Stan?
Was there no better person?
How could he be better than
His erstwhile boss, Paul Merson?
Did John Delaney scour the globe,
Determined and persistent
With patience oft ascribed to Job,
To land this green assistant?

But Walsall’s loss is Ireland’s gain,
Let’s give him time to settle,
Time to prove his football brain
And really show his mettle.
He might surprise us all and be
Inventive and artistic,
Though really, I don’t think that we
Should get too optimistic.

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