It wasn’t pretty to watch, but the Republic of Ireland started their UEFA European 2016 Championship qualifying campaign with a 2-1 victory away to Georgia, and the stats show there are areas still to work on.
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A season of Irishmen abroad
If you believe Martin O’Neill, there are hardly any Irishmen playing at a high level in the UK. Although, look a little closer and you will discover that over 200 players featured at some stage this season.
Media meltdown was Moyes’s biggest folly
Whatever about tactics, formations, transfers, personnel, respect, or authority, David Moyes could have lasted longer as Manchester United manager if only he had handled the media better.
Man City’s lost Irish generation
History is important, no matter how many times people try to rewrite it. Successes will naturally be trumpeted, but it is the bad decisions that should never be erased as they allow us to remember what happened before and why they happened.
Given not the answer to No 1 problem
Put nostalgia aside for a second and ask yourself why Shay Given should return as the Republic of Ireland starting goalkeeper, because his best days are behind and not in front of him.
Best right-back in Premier League? Nobody beats Coleman
It’s been quite a while – too long in fact – that any Irish supporter can confidently claim that one of their own is amongst the very best in the English Premier League. But in Seamus Coleman, they have found such a player.
Hey Martin, don’t forget to consider Irish first
From Black Friday and Cyber Monday through to last-minute Christmas shopping, the rush of scrambling for deals and ticking off lists has been followed by repeated calls to ‘shop local’. And it’s something that Martin O’Neill should pay attention to.
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.