I agree with everything you say bar the first sentence. Iceland are qualifying for tournaments and giving a good account of themselves and we've a bigger pool of talent than they have. Wales were without their two most important players last night and still showed the courage to try and live up to the identity Giggs is trying to instil in them and it doesn't even come down to playing football any one particular way.Our best times with Ireland were under Charlton and that wasn't what you'd call conventionally attractive football,but it was never submissive and we had an identity. In international football its tough to adapt tactics game to game which is why you decide on a way of playing,get everybody on board and stick to it. If the manager feels direct football is the best way to get results then fine,but own it so everybody can believe in it. Supporters will be more accepting of bad results if they feel everybody is pulling in the same direction. How the manager transmits his message to the supporters is very important too,we know that more than most but O'Neill coming out like a fucking baby in interviews and taking no responsibility for anything while collecting over a million a year is poison to what we should be trying to achieve. The FAI need to stop putting the cart before the horse and choose a manager who's ego doesn't stop him looking at the big picture. Results by hook or by crook can't be the plan when you don't have enough talent,in this day and age you need to be willing to accept the short term pain that comes with making a team greater than the sum of its parts and the right manager could make a big difference to Irish football,even if the structures above and below him are a shambles.