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Re: Christian Nanetti

By Alan A16/4/2017 19:35Sun Apr 16 19:35:26 2017In response to Re: Christian Nanetti

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Cheers, guys.
It's strange to see the League of Ireland clubs doing so well on Europe, given my perception of the standards. I think Genk had the highest UEFA co-efficient of any team Cork could have come out against in that draw.
In the season I saw a bit of, Dundalk's Richie Towell was easily the league's best player. I think he was overall top scorer in the league, despite playing as a midfielder. (He was a somewhat defensive midfielder when he has on loan at Hibs, having not made it at Celtic.) He went to Brighton at the end of that 2015 season & has struggled to get near the 1st team. Clearly that was a high bar, as they finished 3rd last term and look set to win it this year, but he's made just one Championship appearance this season and had a couple of starts in the FA Cup.
The two Dundalk players who moved to Preston in the transfer window a few months ago have done better. The winger Daryl Horgan seems to be in the XI almost as often as he's on the bench, while the big centre-half Andy Boyle looks to be first reserve at #5 and has got a few starts.
Given the economic woes in Ireland over the past few years, it's slightly odd that young players are not attempting to try their luck in England, if the LoI is genuinely of Conference standard or above. After the Derry duplicate contracts comedy and the other cases of clubs going skint, the FAI introduced strict licensing and financial monitoring procedures. Obviously brown envelopes still find their way into kitbags - and Damien Duff's salary was being openly sponsored in a brief spell at Shamrock Rovers last year - but wages are scrutinised and publicised. In 2015, the highest-paid player in the league's top division was on €1,000 per week. Average wage for a contracted top division player was €400. Those are 40-week contracts; players don't get paid outside the season. Things will have improved in the past two years. The likes of Cork, Dundalk & Shamrock Rovers are full-time. So are newly-promoted Limerick for that matter. The former €200,000 per year star Joe Gamble is "strength & conditioning coach" at Limerick (!) and took temporary charge when they sacked their promotion-winning manager after 7 games a fortnight ago, so they clearly have money. Bohemians are part-time - which is realistic. €500pw might be a fair salary for a 20-year-old in Dublin, but it won't exactly entice a married man with a half-decent job to jack-in his career. As you are doubtless aware, the average player at Hemel is on that. The average player at Maidenhead is on a lot more than that. For a young LoI player, a full-time contract in Division Five in England should be worth busting a gut for.
Bohemians did a good matchday programme. They do, however, attempt to be Dulwich Hamlet - with some success - and they have a long history from which Hamletesque fans and other anorak contributors can source articles.
I plan to go over for the Wexford v. Kilkenny Leinster hurling semi-final on June 10th - assuming Wexford get that far. I'd intended to take in a LoI game, probably Bohs. Sod's Law dictates that it's an international weekend, so there are no LoI fixtures. I don't think many LoI players will be lining-up to face Austria at Lansdowne Road.

Edited by Alan A at 19:38:14 on 16th April 2017

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