…as of time of writing, at any rate.
- Eoin Hand
I noted on another thread that Terry Venables was the longest surviving England football manager and this piqued my curiosity as to how many former Eire managers are still alive.
Eire managers are a hardy bunch and are almost all still hanging on, right back to Mick Meagan, the first man to hold the position (1969-71).
But for some reason I thought, before doing a fact check, that Eoin Hand had died some years ago. I think I may have subconsciously confused Eoin with Liam Tuohy* and Ray Treacy, both of whom sadly passed away recently. However I was pleased to find out that Eoin is still alive and well and this perked me up a little after the sad news of Graham Taylor’s passing.
*Liam Tuohy, who passed away in August 2016, was in fact the first and so far only permanent Eire manager to do so.