The FAI rule one Cork man out of the race to succeed Trap 9 years ago

The FAI rule one Cork man out of the race to succeed Trap

While talk of Roy Keane replacing Trap doesn’t seem to be going away, the FAI have rejected an application from a fellow Cork man.

With so many disgruntled Irish supporters by the end of Trapattoni’s reign, many felt they could do at least as good a job as the Italian. Cork man Oisin Kelly was one such supporter and while his experience might be a little light at the highest level, the FAI still contacted him to let him know his application would not be going any further.


Oisin is a third level student in London, but decided to throw his hat into the ring for the job as he feels he has sufficient experience.

oisin letter

As his email illustrates, he was a penalty king during his national school days and took Accrington Stanley to the Premier League in FIFA 14 where he also won the Europa League, Fa Cup (twice) and Capitol One Cup (twice) and also won a soccer tournament in third year. Very impressive indeed.

He proposed a backroom team of Eamon Dunphy (assistant manager), Mike Bassett (head coach), Eva Carneiro (physio), and rugby kitman Rala to link up with the footballers. A lot has been written about the players left out by Trap, and Oisin promised to bring back Lee Carsley and Graham Kavanagh to shore up midfield.


And to cap the application off, he said he would guarantee a piss-up at the next European Championship after a successful qualifying campaign, though cleverly asks not to be considered before the upcoming Germany game. Don’t worry Oisin, Noel King is taking the hit on that.

The FAI responded quickly to the application, and the news was not what Oisin was hoping for and told us he was “extremely disappointed” with the association’s decision.


There are some that would argue that he has a better plan in place than Trap, but alas it isn't to be.


Thanks to Oisin for sending us on the application and response, which is just as well. We had planned on putting a few bob behind him as a dark horse for the post, a great FIFA record after all.