BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Each to their own — Test was anything but meaningless friendly

Martin O’Neill wasn’t the only one to rein in his enthusiasm when the Nations League was thrust upon us this year but he paid a bigger price for his indifference to it than most.

There was always the sense that the now former Republic of Ireland manager never quite grasped the true value of Uefa’s prized new project.

“The bigger picture is the Euro qualifiers,” O’Neill said as recently as last Saturday, seemingly unaware that words like ‘relegation’ don’t tend to go down too well with the people signing the cheques, regardless of context.

Sign in or register for FREE to continue enjoying and to comment on our great range of opinion writers

Not a member yet? Register here

More on this topic

Can old hero Martin O’Neill reignite Forest fire?

Martin O’Neill has Forest fire burning, says former star Andy Reid

O’Neill will have ‘big, big point’ to prove at Forest, says Andrews

GUBU to all that: 2018 was a year of controversy and deflation for Irish football

More in this Section

Massive crash takes out 21 cars in final stages of Daytona 500

Cancer fight makes Kennedy appreciate success all the more

Raul Jimenez believes Wolves have every right to dream of FA Cup glory

Dan Carter returns to Racing 92 as a 'medical joker'

More by this author

Time to embrace domestic game rather than flit eyes at likes of Rice

Italy must not define O’Shea’s rugby career

The intriguing saga of what Schmidt does next

The Championship is at once a boulevard of broken dreams or a highway to redemption


6 tips for stress-free eating out with the kids at half-term

Brooches, berets and all the best accessories at London Fashion Week

Spaghetti on his face and barbecue woes: The Body Coach on his food memories

How to choose the right compost for the right spot

More From The Irish Examiner