Listen to Platinum One’s Head of Football – Ireland, Graham Barrett, speak to RTÉ 2fm’s ‘Game On’ panel about the future of Irish football (8 March 2016).
Barrett aired his deep concern at the developmental process in this country in a column for The Irish Times on Tuesday, highlighting issues he believes will leave Ireland in the dark ages by the time the next generation of players come through.
Barrett, who was part of Brian Kerr’s Republic of Ireland Under-16 team who won the European Championships in 1998, is heavily involved in grassroots football both at home and across the water, and warns the huge contrast in how both countries are nurturing their rising stars should be a serious worry.
Speaking to RTÉ 2fm’s Game On, he said: “What’s happened has been shameful. For the last 20 years we’ve done nothing.
“There’s been a generation of players that could miss out on the dream of being a football player because we’ve been negligent. People have looked at their own egos and their own sense of power before they’ve looked at the kids’ development and I think that’s wrong.”