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O’Neill & O’Donoghue’s Relationship Reminiscent Of The Cosell-Ali Dynamic

Three International Friendly, Turner's Cross, Cork 31/5/2016 Republic of Ireland vs Belarus Martin O'Neill announces his squad for Euro 2016 to RTE's Tony O'Donoghue Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Since Martin O’Neill took charge of the Ireland team there have been far more ups than downs. RTÉ’s Tony O’Donoghue has been there to cover them all. The pair’s post-match interviews have ranged from spiky disagreement to mutual jubilation. There is, though, an underlying mutual respect throughout. The RTÉ man isn’t afraid to ask difficult questions and O’Neill doesn’t hold …

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Ireland: The Myth That Martin O’Neill Doesn’t Trust Wes Hoolahan

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau, Moldova 9/10/2016 Moldova vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's Wes Hoolahan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Criticism when he’s out of the team and no praise when he’s in it. Martin O’Neill is getting hammered for a perceived lack of trust in playmaker Wes Hoolahan. But, the stats don’t back it up. Can we really summarise the Irish manager’s philosophy in the treatment of one player? Proof that Ireland are more than brute-strength and aggression, diminutive Hoolahan …

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Cork City Fall Short As Dundalk Edge Towards Historic Title Win

SSE Airtricity League Premier Divison, Oriel Park, Dundalk 11/10/2016 Dundalk vs Cork City Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny celebrates after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Tuesday night’s eagerly anticipated duel between League of Ireland table toppers Dundalk and Cork City lived up to all expectations. The pace of the game was frenetic, borne from Dundalk’s exemplary pressing game in conjunction with Cork’s frantic attempts to pin Dundalk in their own half. The first goal came just seven minutes in after Dundalk won a dubious free-kick in a …

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Opinion: James McClean’s Progress For Ireland Being Held Back By One Factor

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau, Moldova 9/10/2016 Moldova vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's James McClean celebrates scoring their third goal of the game

Stephen Vaughan feels that James McClean has become central to Martin O’Neill’s World Cup plans but the winger still has trouble keeping his temper in check.  Yesterday was great day for Ireland’s World Cup qualifying campaign. Wales, who many feared may run away with the group, dropped two points at home to Georgia. Martin O’Neill’s men were able to capitalise …

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Opinion: Wes Hoolahan Has Proven His Worth To Ireland Yet Again – Now He Has To Stay In The Team

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau, Moldova 9/10/2016 Moldova vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's of Moldova

The Republic of Ireland produced a performance against Moldova that was, at least, better than their display against Georgia on Thursday. Six points from the two games is, on paper at least, a satisfactory outcome from this weekend’s rounds of fixtures – they now sit in second in the group level on points with leaders Serbia. Tougher tests will come …

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