Brian Kerr gave a powerful speech about what needs to change within the next incarnation of the FAI if the country’s football is to continue to evolve.
The former Irish manager Kerr has found his name in the headlines quite a bit recently, and deservedly so, after a number of passionate speeches about the current state of the governing body for association football in Ireland.
Now, with the winds of change seemingly blowing strong, Kerr spoke during a recent appearance on Virgin Media Sport about the past, present, and possible future the FAI – showing both disgust at the era that has just finished and hope for the one that is soon to begin.
When asked if he was interested in taking up a position within the organisation, Kerr deflected the attention but made it clear that a change in direction was needed – one that would be unrecognizable from the era that preceded it.
“There’s a lot of people who have been out in the cold, who haven’t flowered because they haven’t had the proper leadership. There has been an undercurrent of fear in the work they do and their approach.
“It’s not for me to say [if I’d be interested]. I’ve been involved in football all my life, I’ve loved it.
“I’ve been in every aspect of the game. Played as a young fella in schoolboy football. Played junior football, wasn’t very good.
“Managed all the levels I got to be involved in. I know a bit about it.”
“It’s not for me to say if I have any future in this. The most important thing is that the right people are involved to revamp the FAI and bring back that trust that they are doing it for the right reasons.
“Not for themselves. Not for their material gains or personal gains. Not so they have a fancier blazer. Not to fly on a fancier plane or so they have more tickets to distribute.
“It’s not about that, it’s about the well-being of the game, developing smashing players, having successful youth teams, having a great coaching structure that we can be proud of and a strong League of Ireland.”
"I've been in every aspect of the game. Played as a youngfella in schoolboy football. Played junior football, wasn't very good.
"Managed all the levels I got to be involved in. I know a bit about it."
— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) April 17, 2019