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Kenny's on the brink at Anfield

With just five home wins out of 17 in a Premier League season that's almost over, Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has two chances of holding on to his job.

The first is an FA Cup win against Chelsea. However, I'm assured that achievement will need to be accompanied by a well-argued letter of explanation for the club's poor League form and failure to qualify for the Champions League. Only then will the Fenway Sports Group reconsider a decision to offer Kenny a job "upstairs".

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While Hookie and Popey were larging it on RTE television at the Ulster-Leinster Pro12 encounter, BBC were chatting with World No.1 golfer Rory McIlroy who explained how, when flying from Nice to England with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki: "She raised her eyebrow and asked, "Do you want to go (to Ravenhill) for the night?" The couple flew out of Belfast early the following morning because Caroline had a 10am. practice session ahead of this week's Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. Rory flew to the States on Monday to prepare for the US PGA Tour's Championship at Quail Hollow next week. RTE did post a photo of himself and Caroline taken at Newbury races.

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General Secretary Noel Byrne and his fellow directors at Shamrock Rovers can expect an unusual request at the club's upcoming AGM on May 5. Inspired by reported plans to erect a 300 ft-high statue of Dr Feelgood frontman Lee Brilleaux on Canvey Island, a group of Hoops supporters are considering asking the board to apply to South Dublin County Council for permission to erect a similar Angel of the North-style statue in Tallaght to prolific goalscorer Gary Twigg.

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It's not often you want to slap a football pundit ( Don't be so sure. Ed.) but surely those ninnies who've been insisting that Roberto Mancini's apparent capitulation to Manchester United was likely to damage his team's confidence deserve at least a kick in the arse.

For the dimwitted (they know who they are), here's how it works. Mancini tells the media, "We haven't a hope."

He tells his players, "Don't mind that b******s. It's a scam to confuse our rivals. We'll pile on the pressure and are talented enough to win the League. Let's do it...etc..." Simple.

Only the feeble-minded, and Manchester United's defenders, can't see through the obvious hype.


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