Former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr has hit out at the current Irish international setup saying that it “needs radical action” and that the “system is failing” the country.
Kerr was speaking on Virgin Media’s coverage of the UEFA Nations League on Sunday and was quick to criticise the lack of leadership at the top of the current Irish system.
“We seem to have had a remarkable ability to get rid of people who were very strong in the coaching structure in Ireland,” began Kerr.
“We’ve no leadership at the top. The leadership is a shambles. We’ve had the same leadership for the last 20 years or so now and many of them are far too old for the modern game to even understand it yet they’re directing operations?Right through the system I think the system is failing us, we aren’t producing players. It needs radical action.”
Kerr was also critical of manager Martin O’Neill and his lack of attention to helping develop Irish players coming through the system.
“Martin has said it’s not his job to ensure that we’ve players going through, but I would dispute that it’s part of his job to be part of the whole structure,” Kerr explains.
"We've no leadership at the top."
"The system is failing us."
"It needs radical action."
— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) September 9, 2018
The former Irish manager also used the example of Ethan Ampadu at the heart of the Welsh midfield who ran the show against Ireland last Thursday.
Kerr explained that despite Ampadu being able to play for Ireland, his allegiance to Wales was never in doubt due to him being in “the Welsh system early on”
This is key, explains Kerr. The continuity aspect to developing players. A formula that he says isn’t “magical” but one that would be a huge improvement on the current Irish setup
“It isn’t a magical formula, there’s no guarantee that it will work, but there’s a much better chance of it working if there’s a real bit of thought about it rather than gloaty boy stuff and picking people that sound great, a Hollywood combination, we get loads of acting around it, but what’s really happening is that we’re not developing players for the future.
“We’re picking players at 32-years of age to make their competitive debut.”