Larry Ryan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

LARRY RYAN: Time only waits for Arsene Wenger

As gloom continues to engulf Jose Mourinho, we are unsurprised to learn this week of his burning desire to break Arsene Wenger’s face.

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LARRY RYAN: Mayo playing sweet music in the house of pain

Every time, you look for a sign. Each time, it’s more of a stretch.

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LARRY RYAN: Lost in wilderness of the international break

The displaced gathered listlessly in shopping centres and parks and various public amenities last Saturday afternoon.

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LARRY RYAN: Murmur of recognition for all-powerful Brian Cody

To gauge respect, in an instant, you are as well to rely on your ears.

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LARRY RYAN: Robbie Keane - A boy wonder out of time

Joe Duffy had just diagnosed Oliver Kahn with “DDD — Damien Duff Dizziness”. After hailing Ireland’s goalkeeper with the unforgettable tribute “Given by name, given by nature”, he thrust a microphone in Robbie Keane’s face.

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LARRY RYAN: Pat Hickey farce a big deal but sorry tale was no Saipan

Paul Brady is often referred to as a musician’s musician, the implication being that his work is better appreciated within the trade than among those who take their music off the car radio. The Pat Hickey business last Wednesday had that feel.

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LARRY RYAN: Jose Mourinho must put players first

"Is the battle of the managers as exciting as the battle of the players on the pitch?" Graeme Souness glared the lad down, shaking his head.

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LARRY RYAN: Let the lesser-spotted games begin

Every four years, our excuses for walking past the Olympic chuggers are more elaborate.

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LARRY RYAN: Counties pinning hopes on pundits careless words

For all the pundits and analysts and journos and podcasts and metrics and statistics we have now, there appears to be a fundamental gap in our understanding of Gaelic games’ most crucial dynamic.

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LARRY RYAN: Tackling the Big Sam question

Last time Big Sam Allardyce interviewed for the England job, the FA’s Dave Richards was putting the key questions: “If a player came walking into the dressing room talking away on his mobile, what would you do?”

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LARRY RYAN: Cork City Players prove worth on a night to remember

There was a whiff of box office, writes Larry Ryan.

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LARRY RYAN: Now Cork have fastened onto the idea that hurling is starkers without them, they will be dangerous

When Cork hurlers win the All-Ireland, next year or the year after, they will have Michael Moynihan to thank.

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LARRY RYAN: Is football’s playing field too level?

Attempts at fusion can be deadly. But when it comes off, a great light is shone.

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LARRY RYAN: English stars tot up cost of ‘failure’

“It is the story of a vast superiority, sacrificed through stupidity, shortsightedness, and wanton insularity. It is a story of shamefully wasted talent, extraordinary complacency, and infinite self-deception.”

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