Poor old Paul Merson. He paid a glowing tribute to friend and interim Reading manager Eamonn Dolan in a newspaper article today recalling their days together in the Arsenal youth team and even how Dolan would come to stay round his parents’ house…Except that was Pat, Eamonn’s twin brother.
The column appeared in today’s Star newspaper where the former Arsenal legend stated Reading should permanently employ Galwayman Dolan,.
“Reading will have an old friend of mine in charge at Old Trafford today – and if he wins, they should give him the job permanently.”
“I grew up with Eamonn Dolan at Arsenal. We used to play in the youth team together and he was always staying round my parents’ house at weekends.”
Merse predicted Dolan would become a manager so in that respect he was correct. Pat Dolan went on to manage St Patrick’s Athletic to a title and Cork City in the League of Ireland,
“I always knew he’d make a coach back when we were at Arsenal growing up together. He was a centre-half and it didn’t really work out for him there.”
Pat’s twin Eamonn Dolan played league football at West Ham, Exeter, and Birmingham City. His playing days were cut short when he was diagnosed with cancer but he beat the condition and went on to carve out a successful career in coaching. Last week he was named interim Reading manager following the sacking of Brian McDermott.
Both brothers were capped at Under-21 and youth level for the Republic of Ireland and played at the 1985 FIFA World Youth Championship under Liam Touhy and Brian Kerr.