'Had he been fit, I think we may have made it to the World Cup' - Martin O'Neill hails return of Seamus Coleman
MARTIN O'NEILL has hailed the return of Seamus Coleman and suggested that Ireland would have...
MARTIN O'NEILL has hailed the return of Seamus Coleman and suggested that Ireland would have...
With the exception of the goalkeeping department, Martin O'Neill has tended to overlook League One players during his time as Ireland manager.
As a teenager, Shane Duffy used to shake with nerves in the early stages of Premier League matches with Everton.
Seán Maguire has urged Martin O'Neill to consider his Preston team-mate Callum Robinson for an international call-up.
There was a time when the teams for the match at the end of Ireland training sessions were divided along a simple line. Dubs versus culchies, with overseas-born players lumped in with the latter to ensure parity.
In the summer of 2015, Enda Stevens was at a crossroads.
For Manchester-born Kieran O'Hara, this was a big day.
The tone was bemusement, rather than anger.
361 days after the horror of his leg break, Seamus Coleman was back on Ireland duty yesterday.
READING midfielder Liam Kelly rejected a call-up to the Ireland squad for this week's training camp in Turkey because he is keeping his options open on his international future.
Declan Rice has ruled out a U-turn on his international football future and confirmed that he is committed to playing for Ireland.
There are teenagers and then there is Declan Rice.
Martin O'Neill has warned against placing too much pressure on the shoulders of Seán Maguire as the Preston striker gears up for the possibility of a first Irish start in Turkey.
There is a certain sadness in the story of a player that wastes a talent and destroys a career. But it's difficult to feel any sympathy for Darron Gibson this morning.
THE full-time roar at Oriel Park paid a compliment to the Waterford side that had frustrated Dundalk for 93 minutes.
It is the sliding-doors moment of recent Irish football history.
Greg Cunningham's return to international football is in jeopardy due to a hamstring problem.
FORMER Ireland underage football star Conor Clifford has opened up on his battle with depression when his career went off the rails.
Ryan Manning marked his return to the QPR team with a significant goal to halt Aston Villa's promotion charge.
There were days as a teenager at Sunderland where Dan Casey watched images of Dublin lighting up Croke Park and wondered what might have been.
FOR Conor Clifford, the road to realising that he needed help started with a visit from two worried friends.
The flawless defensive record continues for Dundalk, but Stephen Kenny's side are suffering unfamiliar problems in another department.
Michael O'Neill is hopeful that a meeting with Martin O'Neill to discuss the FAI's recruitment of Northern-born players can still go ahead.
There are many reasons to crave a golden generation of home-grown Irish talent.
Martin O'Neill is disappointed that Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has gone public with his frustration over the rules that allow players born north of the border to declare for the Republic of Ireland.
Martin O'Neill has hinted that a summer farewell is on the cards for a clutch of Ireland senior players who have yet to confirm their long-term intentions.
THE switch to a 10-team league means an extra meeting between Dundalk and Cork, but the Lilywhites know they have to seize any opportunity to stop the Leesiders’ momentum.
Declan Rice has received his first call into the Ireland senior squad for the friendly with Turkey on March 23.
Twenty years ago this month, Irish football was coming to terms with missing out on the forthcoming World Cup via a play-off.
Sean Maguire came off the bench to fire Preston North End to another win last night and to keep their play-off hopes alive.
The FAI stayed silent last night after Michael O'Neill criticised their recruitment of Catholic players born in Northern Ireland.
Michael O'Neill has a point about the FAI's recruitment of players from Northern Ireland.
SEAN MAGUIRE came off the bench to fire Preston North End to another win and to keep their play-off hopes alive.
March 4, 2018. Remember the date. Robbie Keane's first game as a manager and it most certainly will not be the last.
The snow may be out of sync with the regular calendar, but it is fitting in the sense that Irish football's long winter is only drawing to a close.
ANGRY Derry City manager Kenny Shiels has claimed that the snow which forced the cancellation of his side's first game at the renovated Brandywell gave the local council a "get out clause".
League of Ireland clubs are facing into a manic March after the abandonment of all fixtures scheduled for this weekend.
Roddy Collins has stepped down from his position as Athlone Town General Manager.
The number of homes and pubs around New Ross with BT Sport subscriptions will rise ahead of a local lad's Wembley date tonight.
Stephen Bradley says Shamrock Rovers had to shop abroad in their attempt to catch up with the League of Ireland's top two. And he feels that the security of 52-week contracts is going to make it easier to bring in recruits from outside the league and sell them a more stable environment.
Before kick-off at Oriel Park, the PA announcer told fans to hold onto their tickets in case snow forced an abandonment.
BEFORE kick-off at Oriel Park, the PA announcer told fans to hold onto their tickets in case snow forced an abandonment.
It is the kind of story that's guaranteed to command attention in an era when Irish players at elite English clubs are an endangered species.
In normal circumstances, the sight of fans leaving early is bad news for Shamrock Rovers.
IN normal circumstances, the sight of fans leaving early is bad news for Shamrock Rovers.
Three years ago this weekend, Sean Kavanagh was in the midst of a Championship double-header.
Drogheda will have to play their next home First Division game on a Sunday afternoon due to problems with the floodlights at United Park that caused Friday's opener with Finn Harps to be postponed minutes before kick-off.
It was billed, in some quarters, as a game that neither side could afford to lose. But the lessons of last term have tested the definition of a good point.
IT was billed, in some quarters, as a game that neither side could afford to lose. But the lessons of last term have tested the definition of a good point.
Jack Byrne believes there is room for both himself and Patrick McEleney in the same side as the ex-Dundalk man prepares to make his Oldham debut tomorrow.
The absence of a clear favourite has added intrigue to the First Division season which kicks off tonight.
Stephen Bradley has claimed that Shamrock Rovers made a move to sign Dundalk defender Sean Gannon after the player let it be known he was interested in coming to Tallaght.
Pat Fenlon has stepped down as Waterford Director of Football to take up a new role working for the club's owner Lee Power.
In the minutes after Preston's draw with Wolves last Saturday evening, Seán Maguire's path to one of the small corporate boxes overlooking Deepdale is blocked by three young Irish fans.
Wigan striker Noel Hunt has hailed Paul Cook as the best manager he's worked under after the former Sligo boss masterminded a famous win over Manchester City.
His name was in the headlines again on Saturday morning, and Kieran Sadlier is comfortable with the attention that brings.
Last year, in a casual discussion at Manchester Airport, a coach affiliated with St Kevin's Boys told a story about Jack Byrne.
There was a moment in the second half last night when a manic run down the sideline by John Caulfield drew a smile from the watching Martin O'Neill.
THERE was a moment in the second half last night when a manic run down the sideline by John Caulfield drew a smile from the watching Martin O’Neill.
There will be no soft landing into the new season for the players of Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers tonight. From the first minute at Dalymount Park, competitive football will be back.
The irony in the crossover of stories is striking.
League of Ireland chief Fran Gavin feels the FAI are making the right call by putting €250,000 into youth development instead of increasing senior prize money levels.
Galway United are considering moving pre-season preparations to Athlone or Limerick because of a dispute that has left them without a full-size training pitch.
Shamrock Rovers have added English striker Daniel Carr to their squad ahead of Friday's Dublin derby with Bohemians.
John Caulfield believes Kieran Sadlier is the most talented player in the League of Ireland.
It was a football weekend dominated by tributes to Liam Miller.
This is the time of the year that a community has been waiting for. The evenings lengthen as a winter of bare Friday nights officially ends.
The football community is in mourning following the death of former Ireland international Liam Miller.
The FAI have confirmed Ireland's summer schedule for this year with the announcement that the USA will visit the Aviva Stadium for a friendly on Saturday, June 2.
Karl Sheppard could miss out on a fiery Oriel Park afternoon tomorrow with the Cork City striker a doubt for the President's Cup (2.0).
The major irony about Wes Hoolahan is that a player of such vision is actually afflicted with poor eyesight.
The FAI have ended an investigation into alleged match fixing in a friendly between Bray and Waterford in September due to insufficient evidence.
When Richie Towell was bedding in at Rotherham, he was forced to explain to manager Paul Warne that he wasn't angry. He was just misunderstood.
The new partnership between Bohemians and St Kevin's Boys has been described as a consequence of both clubs 'seeing the light.'
Ireland's autumn schedule has been filled by another trip to Poland and an Aviva Stadium friendly with Northern Ireland.
"We don't have all the answers right now."
The new owners of Dundalk have declared their intention to make the Louth club the dominant force in Irish football, and stressed their immediate priority is improving the team before addressing problems with Oriel Park.
Seamus Coleman is "delighted" that Martin O'Neill is staying on as Irish boss, with the returning Everton star grateful to the Derry man and his management team for the role they played in his recovery from a broken leg.
Dundalk have completed the loan signing of former Liverpool midfielder Krisztian Adorjan from Italian Serie B side Novara.
As he savoured the aftermath of a successful Everton comeback on Wednesday night, it was a brief discussion with Kasper Schmeichel that got Seamus Coleman thinking about what might have been.
Seamus Coleman says that support from all corners of Ireland and beyond helped him through his road to recovery from the pain of his leg break.
Sam Allardyce hailed the "outstanding" Seamus Coleman after the Ireland captain starred on a winning return for Everton.
His last game in front of a packed stadium ended with the assistance of a stretcher and an oxygen mask, with the sombre silence a preparation for the loneliness of the long road ahead.
SEAMUS COLEMAN has been named in the Everton side for tonight's Premier League encounter with Leicester.
Seamus Coleman will be included in Everton's matchday squad for tomorrow's Premier League meeting with Leicester.
Roberto Martinez believes that Seamus Coleman will be the ideal source of support for James McCarthy during his long road to recovery from his leg break.
Padraig Amond turns 30 this year and he accepts that he's firmly in the senior-pro category, a long way removed from the raw Carlow youth who was driven to Dublin every weekend by his parents so he could start his football journey with Shamrock Rovers.
The English FA are preparing to test Declan Rice's loyalty to Ireland after Gareth Southgate confirmed his situation is being monitored.
Ryan Giggs caught up with his old pal Roy Keane for a coffee yesterday morning. And the rookie Welsh boss was also joined at the breakfast table by Martin O'Neill who offered some friendly advice on management.
Martin O'Neill has dismissed the notion that his flirtation with Stoke could have any impact on his standing with Ireland's players.
Seamus Coleman and Martin O'Neill have extended their best wishes to James McCarthy after he underwent surgery on his broken leg.
Denmark. Anybody but Denmark.
MARTIN O'NEILL says he wasn't 'breaking any rules' when he discussed the opportunity to return to the Premier League with Stoke.
This is a big day for UEFA with the launch of their Nations League competition but it's safe to say that, in this part of the world, the new competition has become a sideshow to the news.
Seamus Coleman delivered a welcome tonic for Ireland fans by playing his first game in ten months on the night that Martin O'Neill finally signed his new contract.
For Megan Campbell, and the players of her generation, the ambition is to move their story beyond their headline-grabbing appearance in Liberty Hall last April.
Dundalk FC general manager Martin Connolly says that the club's new American owners are not ''blindfolded' to the realities of their new environment.
Premier Division newcomers Waterford have shopped abroad to bring in former Ajax player Stanley Aborah
The American takeover of Dundalk was formally completed last night.
Matt Doherty is viewing Ireland's transitional period as his opportunity to make his big break into Martin O'Neill's plans and he has no doubts about his ability to make an impact.
The "significant" return from the extension of naming rights for the Aviva Stadium will help inform the FAI's decision on plans to clear debt by 2020, according to CEO John Delaney.
Jon Walters' short-term future is up in the air again after the Ireland striker posted a picture of himself in a hospital bed last night.
John Delaney says Martin O'Neill is 100pc committed to Ireland - and that the FAI retain full faith in the Derryman.
The view that the FAI were hedging their bets by allowing Martin O'Neill's contract to run unsigned was dismissed by the strong support offered by John Delaney yesterday.
FAI CEO John Delaney says Martin O'Neill will sign his new contract to extend his stay as Ireland manager next week.
Keith Andrews believes that Ireland's players will be disappointed by the confusion surrounding the future of Martin O'Neill.
A new UEFA report has detailed how wage levels are on the rise in the League of Ireland, and the importance of European income is growing.
Martin O'Neill last night said he had 'resolved' his future with the FAI but he has yet to put pen to paper on his new contract.
It was December 2008 when Alex Ferguson dismissed reports that Real Madrid would be signing Cristiano Ronaldo the following summer by declaring that "he wouldn't sell a virus to that mob".
The one thing that can be said about the Martin O'Neill saga that has played itself out over the past week is that his silence on Friday night now makes sense.
Business as usual?
1. Managerial stability