We’re less than two weeks away from the Republic of Ireland’s first playoff leg against Denmark which takes place in Copenhagen before Martin O’Neill’s side welcome the Danes to Dublin just three days later for the second leg.
Most people are of the opinion that the playoff draw was kind to Ireland when you consider the other potential opponents Ireland could have faced. Former Republic of Ireland midfielder, Keith Andrews, made comments last week suggesting that Ireland got a lucky draw and that this luck also applies to O’Neill when he made the comment – “At the moment, if Martin fell in muck, he’d still smell of Old Spice. He’s got that at the moment so I wasn’t surprised at the draw.”
O’Neill wasn’t aware at those comments at the time but he has had the opportunity to respond to the opinions of Andrews in today’s Irish Mail on Sunday and it’s safe to say he doesn’t agree with the Dubliner.
“I like Keith but do you know what, that’s, do you know, I have to turn around and say that’s complete b*****ks. It is honestly, it is complete and utter b*****ks. I have to say that. I have had a career in the game…I don’t know why I have to go and say these things…I’ve had a career as a player, I’ve had to fight for everything as a player every single day,” O’Neill said.
O’Neill goes on to cite his achievements in the game as a player and he reiterates how difficult it was for him to fight for everything he has achieved.
“I won competitions for Leicester. I managed a [Celtic] team in the UEFA Cup final against a [FC Porto] side who won the European Cup the next year. Lucky?! I’m sorry, and you can quote this, it’s absolute b*****ks. Complete and utter b*****ks.”
If Ireland manage to overcome Denmark and qualify for the World Cup next year we can’t imagine there would be too many people describing O’Neill as lucky.