Thanks to Dave Lee for the heads up on this one. (A very rough looking) George Best has called for the football associations north adn south to take a deep breath and join forces to put together a world class soccer team. Meanwhile, Lawrie Sanchez prepares for the England match on Saturday.
The irrepressible Iain Dowie reckons Northern Ireland has a chance:
Latvia’s miraculous qualification for Euro 2004 is a model for the likes of Northern Ireland. ‘Absolutely,’ enthuses Dowie. ‘There’s no question we can get to the finals of a tournament, although it’s a difficult task and I do think Lawrie Sanchez needs a better group of players. This [qualifying] group is very good for us because of the massive interest it is generating in Northern Ireland. I never got the chance to play against England and people tell me they are going to turn part of Manchester into a corner of Belfast on the weekend. Hopefully the buzz can re-establish some passion and enthusiasm and boost the finances to help improve future generations.’
So would he consider taking the Northern Ireland post one day? ‘It is a very difficult job, but what would be attractive is the idea of being able to shape the football set-up from top to bottom, to create the environment to be able to make a difference,’ he says.
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