Liam Mackey - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

LIAM MACKEY: Team spirit key to José Mourinho’s mind games

The self-styled ‘Special One’ has been able to manipulate some of the biggest egos in football in large part by having the most well-developed ego of them all, says Liam Mackey.

HOME THOUGHTS: "Cork was my preference over any other team. It was a very easy decision to come home," said Liam Miller. Picture: Larry Cummins.

LIAM MACKEY: Liam Miller: Homecoming ‘easy decision’

"We did forty press conferences last year and the crowd was never as big as this," said John Caulfield with a grin at Cork’s International Airport Hotel yesterday, as a big media contingent turned up to greet Liam Miller on his official touchdown for Cork City. This story is enriched with multi-media content


LIAM MACKEY: The night Cantona went from Red Devil to game’s diabolique

It was 20 years ago tomorrow, mon dieu, says Liam Mackey.


LIAM MACKEY: Crossing the divide to learn how to talk a good game

No matter how successful they might go on to be in management or anything else associated with the game - Liam Mackey writes - I’ve yet to hear a former footballer suggest that his new career ever comes even close to replicating the buzz he experienced as a player.

Aiden McGeady celebrates after scoring against Georgia during Ireland's opening Euro 2016 Group D qualifier in Tbilisi last September.

LIAM MACKEY: Seven ambitions for Martin O’Neill’s Ireland 2015

Can Ireland grab a ticket for Euro 2016 in France?


LIAM MACKEY: The End of the World (Cup)

It’s no small irony that the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, although almost universally hailed as one of the best tournaments ever, is destined to retain a unique place in football history, not for all its great games and great goals, but because of one match when, to put it at its mildest, the sublime gave way to the ridiculous.


LIAM MACKEY: And finally, the 2014 Whatiftas

HELLO, good evening and welcome.


LIAM MACKEY: Why all the fuss? Here's 20 reasons Roy Keane may have knocked on Tom Cleverly's door ...

In the inky trade, ‘man bites dog’ might be the gold standard for what qualifies as a legitimate news story but, in the case of Roy Keane, ‘man rings doorbell’ appears to be more than enough to merit the full shock ’n awe treatment.


LIAM MACKEY: Stevie G’s year of woe

If it can ever be possible to feel something approaching pity for a mega-rich Premier League footballer who has won the Champions League, captained his country and been justly feted as one of the best players of his generation, then look no further than Steven Gerrard.


LIAM MACKEY: Roche puts ladies first

One David Hickey, with an address in Wales, was moved to put pen to paper after watching the recent England-Germany women’s international on television.

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney

LIAM MACKEY: Delaney denial needs further explanation

In his statement on behalf of the FAI board on Wednesday, the Association’s President Tony Fitzgerald sought to draw a clear line under the controversy caused by the revelation that John Delaney had sung the Republican ballad ‘Joe McDonnell’ in a Dublin pub following the recent Ireland-USA game at the Aviva Stadium, writes Liam Mackey.

HOT SEAT: Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane in relaxed mood at a press conference ahead of the USA game. David Maher

LIAM MACKEY: A quiet word about Keano

And so it seems we have to talk about Roy – again.

Traffic congestion and queues at the turnstiles were blamed for seats being empty at last night's match. Picture: Sportsfile

LIAM MACKEY: Scotland v Ireland: The night wee Jimmy was all at sea

Watching Roy Keane and the Irish players striding into Celtic Park past the statue of Jimmy Johnstone was to be reminded that, to paraphrase Martin O’Neill, some pre-match "distractions" are definitely more distracting than others, writes Liam Mackey.

Gary Mackay, 1990

LIAM MACKEY: Gary Mackay recalls the goal that made him an Irish hero

On the 27th anniversary of Scotland beating Bulgaria to send Ireland to Euro ‘88, honorary Irishman Gary Mackay recalls the goal that made all the difference — and the case of whiskey that got away!


LIAM MACKEY: Time to revisit Irish glory days

Excuse me while I remove this bit of grit from my eye.