Shamrock Rovers legend Alan Mannus slammed over Casement Park stance

Irish Mirror   21/11/2023 19:36

Alan Mannus has been slammed over his opinion on the use of Casement Park in the successful Euro 2028 bid.

The goalkeeper recently retired after winning the title with Shamrock Rovers, is against renovating the Belfast GAA ground for the Euros as it won’t benefit football in the long run.

Speaking last month, the former Northern Ireland international, 41, said: “On the one hand, I want the country to have the Euros and everything that comes with that.

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“If they do it at Casement - and it’s nothing to do with it being GAA, it could be rugby, hockey, or whatever, but once it’s done, it won’t be used again for football.

“I just feel the money will be spent on it, they’ll have the Euros for whatever time and then the GAA will get that from it and football will get nothing.”

And Mannus added at the time: “We would have a few international games there but then after that the GAA ends up with a nice new stadium.

“If there is a definite benefit to football after it, then I would be for it.”

But Mannus’ take was slated today by Fianna Fáil senator Shane Cassels who said the wider anti-Casement “noise” is “dangerous” and “depressing”.

In the Seanad, Cassels expressed disappointment at the number of ‘No To Casement’ flags at Windsor Park during Northern Ireland’s win over Denmark on Monday.

Cassels said: “Quite frankly, uneducated interventions over the last couple of weeks are not helpful. People who know better should button it.”

And the politician then rounded on Mannus over his views on Casement being redeveloped in time for the European Championships.

“The irony is that the ground Alan plied his trade on in Tallaght Stadium for many years with distinction, was entirely funded by this state and indeed controversially the GAA was kept out,” he said.

“The word ‘no’ needs to be removed from the lexicon from the North. No more, ‘no to Casement’ let’s move on, let us build Casement and enjoy the Euros on this island.”

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