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Roy Keane: Clubs must embrace change

Roy Keane has urged Ireland’s schoolboy clubs who might feel threatened by the new U17 National League to embrace change and put the development of their players first.

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Ambitious Roy keen to ’get back in driving seat’

Roy Keane thinks it would be good for Irish football if Martin O’Neill were to remain as manager for the World Cup campaign but says there are "a few hurdles" to get over before he can offer clarity on his own future as the Derryman’s assistant.

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Louis van Gaal: I won’t break pledge to retire in 2017

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will not break his promise to retire in 2017, even if he is offered a huge contract by a wealthy Qatari club.

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Ireland’s Robbie Brady closing on Norwich move as Hull accept £7m fee

Robbie Brady looks set for a swift return to the Premier League after Steve Bruce yesterday confirmed that relegated Hull have accepted a bid from newly-promoted Norwich for the Republic of Ireland international.

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Stoke seal deal for Dutch star Ibrahim Afellay

Stoke have announced the signing of former Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay.

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Much-travelled Ciaran Kilduff moves to Dundalk

Dundalk have confirmed Ciarán Kilduff has joined the club.

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Roy Keane has three entries in the history of football in 100 quotes

A Matter of Life & Death is the new book from football writer Jim White, who purports to tell the history of football in 100 quotations.

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Five pressing tasks facing new Newcastle manager Steve McClaren

Newcastle United concluded their pre-season tour of the US with a 4-3 loss to Portland Timbers’ second-string side. What now for manager Steve McClaren?

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Don't loan me again: Akpom wants to stay and be the striker Wenger needs

Chuba Akpom has hailed Arsene Wenger’s decision to back his young players – and believes he can be the man to deliver the extra goals the Arsenal boss desires.

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Van Gaal: why I bought Romero and why I can't talk about Ronaldo

Louis van Gaal hosted a frank Q&A session in San Jose last night. Plenty of the questions Manchester United fans have been asking were tackled.

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Ronnie Whelan reveals Liverpool fears

Ronnie Whelan believes Liverpool must hit the ground running this season in their quest for silverware and a return to Champions League football.

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Vermaelen ready to prove his worth to Barcelona

Thomas Vermaelen is determined to prove himself at Barcelona next season after enduring a “terrible” maiden campaign at the Nou Camp.

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Honours even at Oriel Park

Dundalk 1 Cork City 1: On a quintessentially Irish summer evening — wind, rain and a moderate risk of frostbite — the loyal 2,613 who braved the elements at Oriel Park were rewarded with an absorbing game, fully befitting a top two Premier Division clash.

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Arsene Wenger: Theo Walcott will stay

Arsene Wenger has said Theo Walcott is likely to pen a new deal at Arsenal very soon — and has backed him to score plenty of goals this season.

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Ireland avoid big guns as early away ties await

Where the World Cup draw giveth, the World Cup schedule taketh away.

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Two stunners in easy Shamrock Rovers win

Shamrock Rovers 4 Limerick 1: Having opened the scoring with a spectacular strike, Brandon Miele completed Shamrock Rovers’ tally with the goal of the game in an easy win at Tallaght Stadium.

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