Last Friday's 0-0 result away to Sweden wasn't a bad one, and the Irish team played with a level of application last seen under Jack Charlton.
I wasn't going to bother switching on the TV, to be honest - Republic of Ireland games have been drab, dour affairs under Trapattoni - a manager who can't communicate with his players and whose sell-by-date is well past its time.
The Football Association of Ireland appointed Trapattoni amid much fanfare in May 2008, some thought it a master stroke by John Delaney, head honcho at the FAI. Ireland qualified for the European Championship finals in 2012, but were humilated at every match in a tough group.
You would think Delaney capable of master-strokes, given the salary he draws from the FAI, a notoriously inept organisation. According to Michael Clifford in today's Sunday Times, Delaney's wages amount to €360,000 per annum. He was previously on €400,000 before straitened times saw staff being laid off and Delaney feeling the pain by taking a pay cut.
€360,000 is still a hell of a lot of money. The head of Spanish Football Angel Maria Villar, for example, is on €152,000. Spain, by the way, are the current World Cup and European Championship holders.
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