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Richard O' Donovan

Richard O' Donovan
Richard O'Donovan works in Finance but is unashamed to say that he knows far more about sport than the day job. Having briefly represented Ireland at underage level, football is his main focus when writing, but he has also been known to dabble in cycling, American sports and just about anything else that he catches on TV.

Does anyone want Aston Villa Football Club?

As financial investments, football clubs have generally provided uninspiring returns for their owners. Almost inevitably, the first cheque paid to acquire the football club is only the beginning of the outflows to come – especially if you haven’t bought Man United and you want to be competitive (The Glazers relative extraction of value from Manchester United is a rare exception …

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Roy’s Boy’s: England World Cup Squad Predictions

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In the absence of our own Boys in Green from next month’s World Cup, much of the focus of Irish support will likely shift to supporting whoever happens to be next up for the auld enemy from across the channel. Particularly if that opportunity arises in England’s speciality – the penalty shoot out. With this in mind, and perhaps even …

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In Defence Of Cycling & Athletics; The Black Sheep Of The Sordid World Of Professional Sport

Richard O’ Donovan defends the sports of cycling and athletics, as they attempt to deal with highly publicised failed drug tests. As my fellow SIE contributor Brian Barry discussed recently, athletics has been severely rocked by the failed drug tests of several high-profile sprinters, most notably former World Champion Tyson Gay and former World Record holder Asafa Powell. Cycling meanwhile …

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Why the sympathy for Roberto Mancini?

Richard O’ Donovan fails to understand the sympathy that has accompanied the sacking of Roberto Mancini. To say I have not been a fan of Roberto Mancini’s reign at Man City is probably a bit of an understatement. I wrote nearly 3000 words on the subject after the Champions League exit back in November. But now that the guillotine has …

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Paul Scholes: Fergie’s greatest pupil

Richard O’ Donovan digs into the archives to pull out a piece about a true great of the English game, as Paul Scholes finally hangs up his boots after an illustrious career. I wrote the below piece two years ago after Paul Scholes’s initial retirement. Yet, having taken his leave for a second time at Old Trafford on Sunday, (comfortably in …

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Round Table Discussion: Moyes or Mourinho?

The SIE Team got together to discuss the possible candidates to fill Sir Alex Ferguson’s shoes at Old Trafford. Following the ground breaking news of Sir Alex Ferguson departure from Old Trafford, most United fans spent the day oscillating somewhere between overwhelming gratitude for the trophy filled years under Sir Alex and abject fear as to what comes A.F.T. (After …

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