Reputations can make a huge difference in the ego-driven world of modern football, so the FAI have reason to smile now that Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane are on board.
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A new era – Martin O’Neill & Roy Keane
A new, exciting era has started for the Republic of Ireland with the appointment of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane as a management team, which GARETH MAHER will be covering closely.
Who’s likely to fit into O’Neill’s rigid system?
Once the hype settles down from the FAI landing their dream management ticket for the Republic of Ireland, it will quickly sink in that slick, attacking football won’t be on the menu.
O’Neill’s backroom team – The men behind the duo
When the Republic of Ireland players lace up their boots and trot out onto the pitch at Gannon Park on Monday afternoon, they won’t be led by Martin O’Neill or Roy Keane.
Have the FAI just taken the easy, popular option?
Nevermind where the holy grail is buried, who really shot JFK, or what’s in the case in Ronin, what we truly want to know is who was on the shortlist of candidates for the Republic of Ireland job before it was given to the first man who the FAI thought of?
Shane O’Neill – O’Neill enjoying Rapid rise
Shane O’Neill may be getting used to the bright lights of MLS in the United States, but it is the golden memories of summers spent in Cork that widen his grin that extra inch.
Jon Walters – ‘There’s nothing better than giving something back’
Tucked behind a middle-class housing estate and next to a Michelin tyre factory is Stoke City’s training ground. It’s a modern complex without being plush, yet the trappings of the Premier League are clear to see.
Ignore the sensationalism, King got it right
The result, the stats and the analysis all suggest otherwise, but Noel King did actually get things tactically spot on in the Republic of Ireland’s 3-0 defeat to Germany in Cologne. And he deserves plaudits rather than sneers for it.
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.