Column: Kenny Can’t Pay For Another Kiely Leave – Shannonside
Dean Kiely is back with the Ireland football group, not the first time that’s been stated; this time he takes the position of goalkeeper coach.
Kiely was an exceptional goalkeeper, playing most of his career in the premier league for Charlton Athletic, Portsmouth and West Bromwich Albion.
18 clean sheets in 2008 saw him win the championship golden glove and help West Brom win promotion that season.
Some record! However for his International career with the Ireland senior team, simply 11 caps between 1999 and 2008. A remarkably low number for a goalkeeper with such a loaded cupboard.
Although Kiely’s low cap rate, is more to competition for locations then bad form or the “He just wasn’t any good line”.
Kiely made his launching in the Euro 2000 play-off game with Turkey, after Alan Kelly hurt himself throughout the game. The second-leg 5 days later on, saw his second cap in another missed out on play-off from the Irish.
While Kiely was a top class goalkeeper, Ireland at that stage, had probably the best goalkeeper in the premier league, Shay Given.
Alan Kelly also was a leading class keeper, never putting a foot wrong in green. Mick McCarthy was ruined for option with 3 premier league class goalkeepers to select from.
Kiely himself kept objective for Brian Kerr’s very first game; a 2-0 away win to Scotland. However two months later on Kiely retired from worldwide football, the only real and visible factor being that Kerr had provided the primary jersey to Offered and Kiely didn’t elegant gathering splinters on the bench.
Five years later his retirement ended as Giovani Trappatoni ended up being Ireland gaffer; Liam Brady right away highlighting a role for the now 37-year-old.
Nevertheless opportunities were restricted, despite the fact that beginning Trap’s first two video games, a 1-1 draw with Serbia and a 1-0 win over Colombia.
Trapp’s decision to offer a launching to Kieran Westwood in 2009 saw Kiely leave of the Irish panel and into retirement once again.
12-years later and Kiely is back working with the Ireland group; albeit their backroom personnel and taking control of the reins from Alan Kelly for what looks like a difficult attempt to certify for the 2022 World Cup.
For lots of Kiely signs up with the similarity Roy Keane and Stephen Ireland as a deserter, in Kiely’s case numerous would find some form of argument.
Unlike Keane or Ireland’s departure, both quality midfielders, a position Ireland have never been absorbed with options. Kiely was 2nd option behind Shay Offered with Alan Kelly, Nick Colgan and latterly Kieran Westwood seeming stable deputes.
For Kiely the lack of caps isn’t a reflection on his abilities, Kiely himself helped keep Keith Brannigan to a solitary look.
The Bolton goalkeeper having two times won the Championship goalkeeper of the year award.
In some cases, you can just be unfortunate when it comes to competition in your position.
At one phase in the Charlton period, Ireland fielded a side with double winning Manchester United left-back Denis Irwin at right-back. Manchester City’s Terry Phelan at left-back. Developed Aston Villa left-back Steve Staunton at left-wing and Leeds United’s right-back Gary Kelly at conservative!
Jeff Kenna who had won the premier league with Blackburn Rovers and might play best or left-back could not get a game!
A comparable problem occurred early in the Charlton period, Paul McGrath was a rock at the heart of Manchester United’s defence yet was playing initially at right-back and then central-midfield for Ireland.
Charlton admitted McGrath’s finest position was centre-back, however Kevin Moran, Mick McCarthy and David O’Leary allowed Charlton to shuffle his pack, to some success as centre-field McGrath was called on the Italia’ 90 team of the competition.
It’s not just the Irish soccer team who have had (regrettably not currently) this concern. Keep in mind England’s famous Gerrard/Lampard dispute, when Paul Scholes was the best of the three of them?
Or readers of a specific vintage will keep in mind Irish rugby’s fight in between Ollie Campbell and Tony Ward.
Unfortunately there was one inescapable problem that Dean Kiely encountered, he couldn’t change position. A goalkeeper is a goalkeeper no matter what. Or as Ruud Regret stated; “A goalkeeper is a goalkeeper because their bad footballers!”
Never the less Kiely’s consultation to Kenny’s backroom team is slightly unexpected. Steve Williams having been Kenny’s goalie coach at Dundalk, with Dan Conor the Irish U21 coach.
Alan Kelly was the only member of Mick McCarthy’s backroom personnel maintained, so the concern develops how has Kenny established a relationship with Kiely? A male with not the best FAI relationship.
Alan Kelly and Damien Duff’s departure from Kenny’s backroom group have raised questions that really shouldn’t be asked, however no wins from 8 video games definitely does not help.
With just about seven weeks to precede we face Portugal, the heat is not going to get any cooler and Kenny cant danger any more quitters.