Gerry big in Japan

Friday 10 May 2002

The latest call-up to the World Cup Finals in Japan and South Korea this summer is Fulham's goalkeeping coach Gerry Peyton. Asked to join up with the Republic of Ireland Squad, he will play a key part in preparing the team for what they will be up against in the weeks to come.

"I've been very fortunate to asked by Mick McCarthy and the Irish FA to travel with the boys to the World Cup," said Peyton, "I'll meet up with them on the 2nd June after the Germany v Saudi Arabia game, which I'll be reporting on for them.

"We'll meet up then and I'll go through the game with them. I'll then stay with them for thirteen days, and I just hope that we can be successful there. The World Cup in Italy was a fantastic experience and I'm hoping Japan is going to be as good for us.

"Basically I'll be covering games for them, analysing their opponents, looking at players and tactics - to be honest, it'll be the same job that I do for Fulham.

"It's very exciting for me. I spent four years living in Japan, and I hope that my experience of the culture and how things work out there will help them be successful in the tournament. It would be very nice to be with them all the way through to the Final!"

Gerry made 33 appearances for the Republic in his long and distinguished goalkeeping career, and it's fitting that he is there once again to enjoy yet another Irish adventure into the World Cup. Perhaps the Fulham connection of he and Steve Finnan will see them go all the way this time.