“(I’m) prevented by the Constitution from talking about soccer managers’ decisions”
– President Michael D. Higgins on the search for the new Irish manager.
Ireland’s football-loving first citizen is on a state-visit to Costa Rica where he expressed his “great disappointment” that Ireland will not be at the World Cup finals next summer.
He also told the Irish Independent how he was tempted to intervene as Ireland crashed to a late equaliser at home to Austria.
President Higgins is regular at League of Ireland grounds throughout the country. During the election, when asked if he thought he was too old to assume office, the 72-year-old pointed out that he was younger than Giovanni Trapattoni.
The president of Galway United has often spoken of his love for the game, saying “Soccer is very important. If you took it out of Irish life, you’d have a great big hole.”