The fates have conspired against me this week and due to losing my voice (and a little bit to do with the fact Shamrock Rovers are staying in India for at least another ten days) two interviews I have lined up with Rovers defender David Webster and new Bray Wanderers signing Michael Daly have had to be pushed back.
To keep things ticking over while staying on a semi-related route that also doubles as a follow-on from my recently posted interview with Ger O’Brien, below is a brief interview I did 9 months ago with former Ireland international Liam O’Brien (no relation to Ger).
Liam is one of the overlooked Irish players of the Charlton era, his Ireland career spanned the course of a decade (1986-1996), picking up 16 caps in the process, while also amassing just short of 500 club appearances, most notably for Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United and in his 6 year spell at Newcastle that followed.
He also lives and breaths the League of Ireland, and has seen it first-hand over the course of several of its eras through playing and eventually coaching in it, primarily spent as Pat Fenlon’s right hand man until the two went their separate ways after departing for Scottish side Hibernian in November 2011.
As such, Liam has strong points of view on the current standing of the league, and mainly takes umbrage with the manner in which schoolboy football is dealt with in this country, and how by extension it impacts upon the league itself. He has reasonable, albeit unfortunately unrealistic (considering the state domestic football finds itself in in this regard) ideas about potential remedies, and also speaks about his (then) recent acquisition of further coaching badges and how he wishes to get back into coaching work as soon as possible.