• Mc Caffrey has to be the best underage manager ever

    Was in Tolka Park last night at the Under 17 game v Hungary. Now I would be well informed in underage football and have to say that the transformation on this team is nothing short of miraculous. The football that was played was a joy to watch and both teams contributed to the overall enjoyment of the game.

    Consider the results of this team at Under 16 level in 2009:

    This team lost 2-0 to Denmark, lost 4-0 to Portugal, lost 4-0 to Spain, lost 3-0 to France, lost 5-2 to France, Drew 1-1 with Mexico, lost 2-0 to Serbia, drew 2-2 with Croatia, and lost two games to two club sides in Italy.

    When Mc Caffrey took over this squad his first result was a defeat to Russia by 2-1 and then lost to Sweden 2-1. From there he put his own stamp on things as Irelaand defeated Romania 4-1. These games were played in a tournament in Poland.

    From there he brought the team to Bulgaria and topped the group as Ireland defeated Bulgaria and Latvia and drew with Sweden in the Under 17 Qualifying tournament.

    Mc Caffrey has once agin unearthed a few gems in England/Northern Ireland and the goal scored by Frankie Sutherland last night was a beaut.

    Have to say looking at the changing face of underage soccer, it is much more difficult to win a European trophy now than in Kerr's time, and that is not taking away from the fantastic achievement by Brian. It is unlikely that Ireland will ever again triumph in these competitions again.

    What do others think of Mc Caffrey?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Mc Caffrey has to be the best underage manager ever started by KildareFan View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. TheBoss's Avatar
      TheBoss -
      I think McCaffrey has done a job of immense proportions, as you say, fantastic turn around but the most important thing about his results is that the players are winning games, gaining confidence, improving as a result, players at those age levels need to be winning games in order for them to step up to the higher teams. He should the U-21 manager, I think he would do an amazing job with them, as Givens is a backward step compared with his CV.
    1. rambler14's Avatar
      rambler14 -
      Surely Brian Kerr is the best under-age manager Ireland have ever had?
    1. sligorover's Avatar
      sligorover -
      Until such time as he wins a major championship he cannot be held on a par with Brian Kerr.

      Having said that Kerr had fantastic players to work with...like Keith Foy.
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