It felt like Christmas had arrived early when the Republic of Ireland landed Martin O’Neill, and Roy Keane, as their new management ticket. But the festive period is now over.
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Ireland must aim for higher standards
Nothing is ever guaranteed in football, yet when the Republic of Ireland targeted clinching second place in Group C of their World Cup qualifiers it did look like being a real possibility. That was until the games started.
Germany v Ireland Preview
Anything other than a sweeping win for Germany in Cologne on Friday night would be considered a massive shock. And that is exactly how the Republic of Ireland want it to be.
O’Neill is favourite for Ireland job, but not the best man for it
It appears that the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) want to wrap up the appointment of their new manager quite quickly, although this is not a straightforward decision – or at least it shouldn’t be.
Dream is over but new era beckons for Ireland
Once the ball fell to Austria’s David Alaba inside the Republic of Ireland’s penalty area in their World Cup qualifier, it was inevitable that he would score and ignite the beginning of the end of Giovanni Trapattoni’s reign.
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All good things must come to an end, but in football management bad things end a hell of a lot quicker. And that is what Giovanni Trapattoni should discover if the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup hopes end in Vienna.
Ireland’s World Cup dreams take a blow
It all started so brightly, despite the appearance of dark clouds just ahead of kick-off, as the Republic of Ireland supporters began to believe that not only could Sweden be slated but a World Cup ticket could be secured too.
Ireland v Sweden Preview
Crunch time. The business end. Call it what you like, but there is no doubt that the Republic of Ireland have arrived at the most important stage of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
No such thing as an American dream for Ireland
Something is seriously wrong with the modern game when a manager is pleading with players to make themselves available to take on the reigning World and European champions. But then again, end-of-season tours do make a mockery of the professional era.
Keane confirms legendary status for Ireland
The debate over Robbie Keane should start for the Republic of Ireland team has been understandably postponed, because no one was prepared to steal any of his thunder on a night when he became his country’s most-capped player.