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Republic of Ireland interim manager Noel King. Picture: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

Republic of Ireland interim manager Noel King. Picture: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

Republic of Ireland interim manager Noel King. Picture: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

NOEL KING got through his first formal Ireland senior team meeting without any mishap and introduced himself to his new team. "They all hate me now," he said with a laugh.

Laughter and animated voices have been a feature of training under King so far, but he must now get down to the nitty-gritty of picking a team – a job he always agonises over.

"Anyone who has worked with me would know I drive them mad until the last minute. I wait until I have to make a decision. I try to go through all the avenues, talk to people, bounce it around, play you there, what if you go there.

"Because you have the time and because it's so important. I think most managers – I go through that process," he said.

"I've gone to bed at night with one team in my mind and woken up with a completely different one," said King, sparking much hilarity when asked what had happened during the night to change his mind. Let's say 'no comment' covers it nicely.

Trapattoni gave us a lot of laughs too but much of it was slapstick and without any real purpose. King has used humour to glide through his first few days at the coalface and his livewire nature has sparked a response from the players.

He is under no illusions and the possibility of a hamm-ering from Germany to match what they did in the Aviva a year ago is never far from anyone's thoughts.

"I have just played the Under-21s last month, the Germans, and even that German team would give us a game, so there is strength in depth.

"The 6-1 is nothing to do with this. This is a new game, it's a new group with some new players and obviously some players hanging over.

"But you can't dwell on the past, you really can't dwell on the past. We have been working towards the future, that's the way we are facing it."


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