Dear Stan, All is Forgiven

“My team’s gone cold I’m wondering why
I got out of bed at all
The Dublin rain clouds up my window..
and I can’t see at all
And even if I could, my team can’t play,
Dunphy’s picture’s on my wall
It reminds me, that it is this bad,
it is this bad..”

Trap’s once great reputation is being shredded to pieces. We thought Irish football couldn’t sink lower than the Stan era. Humiliating defeats, last minute goals needed to salvage points against minnows. Bizarre player selections. It seems to be history repeating itself. Our chances of making Brazil? Slim.

Steve Staunton

Salary: €400,000

Biggest home defeat in 20 years, a 4-0 friendly loss to Holland.

Heavy 5-2 defeat in Nicosia; needed a last minute winner in San Marino; needed a last minute equaliser at home to Cyprus.

Inexplicable player selections:

Joseph Lapira, a student at Notre Dame



Giovanni Trapattoni

Salary: €1.5 million

Biggest home defeat ever, 6-1 mauling by Germany

Heavy 4-0 defeat to Spain, Needed a last minute goal in Kazakhstan

Inexplicable player selections:

Paul Green, had no club at European Championship


Disintegrating relationship with press: Yes

Booing from home crowd: Yes

Incomprehensible English: Yes

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