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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?
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.
The only quality Ireland lack is in leadership
All of this doomsday talk of the Republic of Ireland lacking the quality to compete for a place at major tournaments and even to attract a big-name manager to the senior role is complete nonsense. In fact, it is hugely insulting to the excellent players who have been overlooked and misused at international level in recent years.
On The Road in Portland
They call it Soccer City USA and after watching two games amongst the Timbers Army, we can confirm that it is not another marketing ploy or a gimmicky self-awarded title, but that Portland is very much the place to experience football – or soccer – when in North America.
Premier League Season Preview 13/14: Biggest stage can bring best out in Brady
A new season brings excitement, hype and big-money transfers. Yet, for Irish eyes ready to lock onto the English Premier League for the next nine months, it is the actions of a kid they know well by this stage that may just hold their attention most.
SPL Season Preview 13/14: Collins can become a scoring sensation
In recent years, the Scottish Premier League has proved to be a good stomping ground for Irish players trying to prove themselves. Strikers, in particular, have used the league well – just ask Conor Sammon – and now it’s the turn of James Collins to make the most of his time in one of Europe’s most peculiar leagues.
Championship Season Preview 13/14: Now Randolph can take the spotlight
Whether they admit it or not, every player starts a new season with individual targets in mind. For Darren Randolph, however, his ambition may be greater than most as he sets about proving that he can become the Republic of Ireland’s No 1. And anyone who has tracked his progress in recent years wouldn’t dare to back against him.
League One Season Preview 13/14: One step back can be giant leap for Yeates
There was a time when Mark Yeates looked destined for truly great things. An assist for Robbie Keane on his Tottenham Hotspur debut suggested that he would follow his club-mate in becoming a Premier League star. But sometimes potential never gets fully realised as opportunities in the cruel world of professional football are quick to fade away.
League Two Season Preview 13/14: Doyle ready to Cook up some magic
The stats don’t lie and they often reveal that players work best under certain managers. Whether it is the confidence they exude, the understanding they have of that player, or the trust that they place in them, it is a chemistry that benefits both parties and that is certainly the case with Eoin Doyle and Paul Cook.