Luckiest old bast*rd going, had a great team, a mature team, got the two luckiest breaks Ireland teams have ever had to that point: the penalty against Belgium (was never given to us previously at a moment like that), and above all else the miracle of Sofia. Those two things changed everything.
The team and the nation were freed by that and did very well on the crest of the wave, as they always would have done no matter who was coach. The feel good of the times all got linked to St Jack but the truth of the matter is that team with the right manager, especially when we added some young pacey players after 1990, could have won the Euros, or even reached a WC final.
And even if they didn’t, they could have achieved exactly what they did playing really good football instead of the travesty the world was made to endure.