I'm no longer a fan of Brian Kerr and I believe that his conservative style of football and management just is not good enough for what is a pretty talented bunch of players. In qualifying for the last WC, Ireland nearly beat Holland twice and had they won in Amsterdam, would have been good value for two victories. Under Kerr, I don't believe they would have even come close. Equally, even though it ended a draw, Germany were there for the taking, as was Spain. Ireland are most definitely not at that level any more. The only reason Ireland are still in the hunt for qualification this time around is that France still have the Do Not Disturb sign up, and Israel and Switzerland are no great shakes. Israel work hard to be ordinary and Switzerland are an uninspired side. So, to the question of the thread - who can Ireland legitimately expect to consistently beat? Gone are the days of beating Holland, Germany, Italy, England or one of the big boys. As are the days of beating a second tier team like Belgium or Romania. So too seem to be any thoughts of picking up 6 points from the likes of Israel. In my book the only teams that Ireland can expect to beat are the minnows - the Cypruses, Maltas and Andorras. I don't have confidence that they can consistently achieve against any better level of opponent. Thoughts?