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

A quiet word about Keano

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

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MOUNTING SPECULATION: Jose Mourinho insists no offers have been tabled for Petr Cech.

Pressure is all behind us

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Chelsea v West Brom
As if all of his troubled rivals didn’t know already, Jose Mourinho layered it on at Chelsea’s training ground yesterday.

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LEAP OF FAITH: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and Javier Manquilo battle for the ball at Melwood. Picture: Andrew Powell

Sturridge is just unfortunate

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Crystal Palace v Liverpoool
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists striker Daniel Sturridge has been unfortunate with his latest injury but accepts there is a chronic issue which needs to be addressed.

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Casting a cold eye on the opposition

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Arsenal v Man Utd
Arsene Wenger’s relationship with Alex Ferguson may have been famously tetchy, but the Arsenal manager has expressed confidence Louis van Gaal can live up to the standards set by his old rival.

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Lionel Messi: He was comfortable at Barcelona.

Messi could have joined Arsenal

Lionel Messi could have joined Arsenal from Barcelona as a teenager along with Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique, Arsene Wenger confirmed yesterday.

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Danny Welbeck: Will face former team-mates at Emirates.

Move ‘right’ for Welbeck

Wayne Rooney thinks Danny Welbeck did the right thing by leaving Manchester United for Arsenal this summer.

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Dave Whelan: FA not happy.

Cardiff boss says Whelan ‘a racist’

Wigan owner Dave Whelan has found himself embroiled in controversy after being labelled "a racist" by Cardiff chairman Vincent Tan and facing the prospect of a lengthy FA ban.

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Radamel Falcao

Van Gaal may not buy Falcao

Louis van Gaal has delayed his decision on whether to buy Radamel Falcao because of the latest injury to the Manchester United striker.

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FAI unveil new ticket initiative to appeal directly to fans

Following criticism of its allocation of tickets for Ireland’s recent game against Scotland, the FAI has unveiled details of a new initiative to facilitate independent supporters.

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Man Utd's Dutch international Daley Blind could be facing a long layoff after suffering a knee injury on international duty.

‘New injury’ for Falcao adds to United woes

PREMIER LEAGUE:
Arsenal v Man Utd
Louis van Gaal’s selection problems deepened yesterday after it emerged Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao will be out for at least a fortnight because of a new injury.

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"I'm sure there is an agenda... something behind it" — Roberto Martinez

Keane has agenda against us

Everton manager Roberto Martinez claims Roy Keane has "an agenda" against the Toffees following his "ridiculous" criticism about the club’s Republic of Ireland contingent.

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Dave Whelan and Malky Mackay. Picture: PA

Latics chief Whelan’s comments spark fury

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan landed himself in hot water last night after claiming the word "chink" is not a derogatory term and "Jewish people chase money more than everybody else".

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Olivier Giroud

Giroud’s swift recovery adds options to Arsene’s armoury

Fit-again striker Olivier Giroud can help offer Arsenal "different options", according to manager Arsene Wenger.

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Brian Lenihan: Played before 20,000 fans at Elland Road.

Tough at the bottom, but Lenihan relishing Blackpool loan spell

After being thrown in at the deep end for Blackpool last week, Cork native Brian Lenihan is relishing the remainder of his loan stint with the Championship strugglers.

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Kevin Doyle

Doyle looks set for fresh start with Wolves

Republic of Ireland international striker Kevin Doyle has been handed the possibility of a fresh start at Wolves.

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Christie’s debut tinged with sadness

Ireland newcomer Cyrus Christie has revealed his swashbuckling debut on Tuesday was tinged with sadness due to a family bereavement.

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Change in air as players lay down marker

With four games gone and six to play, Ireland will only be reaching the half-way stage of their European Championship campaign at the end of next March when Poland come to the Aviva for the first of two successive home games, although the second won’t come along until over two months later against Scotland in June.

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Ozil puts faith in boss Wenger

Mesut Ozil has complete trust Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can help make him a better player.

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Wigan offer Mackay a way back

Malky Mackay is back in football after Wigan confirmed the Scot as their new manager.

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Band were oblivious to anti-IRA chanting

The England band was unaware it was providing background music for anti-IRA chants in Tuesday’s friendly in Scotland, its leader has said.

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Angry fans set to launch formal complaint as protests curbed

Irish supporters who were critical of the FAI for their handling of the ticket distribution for Ireland’s game in Glasgow, now say that they are "shocked and angered" by what they allege was "heavy-handed treatment" of a protest they sought to mount at Tuesday’s game against the USA in the Aviva Stadium.

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Bony signs new Swansea deal

Swansea striker Wilfried Bony has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at the Liberty Stadium until June 2018.

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Sturridge faces six-week absence

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could be sidelined until the new year with his latest injury.

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McCarthy injuries worry Martinez

Everton manager Roberto Martinez admits he may have to take a closer a look at James McCarthy’s workload to solve the midfielder’s fitness issues.

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Almajid: I’ll always be in fear

A whistleblower who made corruption allegations against the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid claims she will live the rest of her life in fear after receiving threats against her and her children.

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