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Nick Menezes

Nick Menezes
Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic who has a worrying obsession with the Irish football team. His articles focus on Irish football and he also writes some light-hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting XIs.

Five Players Who Could Benefit From Mick McCarthy As Irish Boss

With the Euro 2020 draw now made, Mick McCarthy will begin to plan his squad for March. A shrewd and blunt operator, McCarthy holds a much more no-nonsense approach to players not pulling their weight than Martin O’Neill. O’Neill was a manager of great loyalty and this was sometimes detrimental, selecting players who had drifted out of form despite shining …

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Fifteen Exciting Talents Mick McCarthy Could Introduce

As Mick McCarthy prepares to begin his second reign as Ireland manager we take a look at 15 potential players the former Wolves boss could introduce into the Irish first team. _____ Talented Teenagers: Lee O’Connor (Manchester United) Manchester United youth captain Lee O’Connor has been making waves at underage level and was rewarded with a senior call-up in Martin …

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Predicting Mick McCarthy’s First Starting XI As New Irish Boss

With Mick McCarthy installed as Irish manager for a second stint, he will now get to work on scouting the players at his disposal. Ireland’s next game is not until March and will be a daunting task for McCarthy given that it will be the Euro 2020 opening qualifier. Therefore, McCarthy may need to start considering sides he may deploy …

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Pros & Cons Of FAI Surprising Appointment Of McCarthy And Kenny

FAI appointment of Mick McCarthy and Stephen Kenny

Well, who saw that coming from the FAI? After a quick turnaround between Martin O’Neill’s sacking and Mick McCarthy’s appointment, the plot took yet another twist in a scenario that nobody could have predicted. As anticipated, McCarthy will be installed as senior boss for his second spell, a process accelerated by the impending Euro 2020 draw in Dublin. Having seemingly turned …

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Six Irish Players Who Have Played Under Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy Republic of Ireland

Mick McCarthy’s appointment will bring about mystery to some of the Irish squad but familiarity to some others. The returning Irish boss has managed Sunderland, Wolves and Ipswich since initially leaving the national post in 2002. During these stints, he has managed many Irish internationals with Gary Breen, Kevin Doyle and Kevin Kilbane some of the most notable. In more …

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Five Things Mick McCarthy Will Bring To The Ireland Job

It seems as though Mick McCarthy will be confirmed to return as Ireland manager any day now, 16 years after originally leaving the role. The appointment has already divided opinions with many hoping for the alternative appointment of Stephen Kenny. The Dundalk manager has been on the League of Ireland managerial circuit from a young age but former Millwall, Sunderland, …

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O’Neill Can No Longer Use “We Don’t Have The Players” As An Excuse

Ireland ended the international calendar with a 0-0 draw against Denmark and a fourth consecutive international without a goal. The past year has been one of hurt and disappointment with many fingers pointing towards Martin O’Neill. Ireland were always going into a transitional period after the playoff loss to Denmark with a huge overhaul taking place. The retirements of Wes …

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The Youthful XI: How Ireland Should Lineup Against Denmark

Ireland enter a dead rubber against Denmark hoping to regain some momentum following some disappointing performances over the last year. Having failed to register a goal in the last three outings, Martin O’Neill will be looking for some form of creative spark with fans growing tired of recent showings. However, one thing the Irish manager has done is introduce some exciting …

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