Liverpool are heading in the right direction and have made one of the signings of the season in Sadio Mane but, with a need to strengthen defensively, Jurgen Klopp’s side are still a work in progress and not yet ready to challenge for a League title.
Fri, 16 Sep, 2016
When Roy Hodgson was asked recently to contrast the centre-halves England have brought to France (John Stones, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling) with the choice Sven-Goran Eriksson had at World Cup in 2006 (Sol Campbell, Rio Ferdinand, Jamie Carragher and John Terry), he couldn’t quite bring himself to dispute the gulf in quality.
Wed, 08 Jun, 2016
Andy Townsend might struggle to remember Ireland’s 3-3 draw away to Poland in 1991 – the last competitive meeting between the two countries – but it’s a game which is lodged firmly in your humble correspondent’s memory banks.
Sat, 28 Mar, 2015
Hosted by ESPN, three former Ireland internationals gathered in a Dublin hotel yesterday, ostensibly to discuss Premier League and SPL matters but, given the week that had just been in it, it was inevitable that Giovanni Trapattoni’s reprieve would top the media agenda as we renewed old acquaintance with Packie Bonner, Jason McAteer and Phil Babb.
Tue, 23 Oct, 2012
IF it was a surprise that GiovanniTrapattoni left James McClean outof his latest squad in the first place, then it’s perhaps an even bigger one that the manager has now suddenly decided to call up the in-form Sunderland winger for the friendly game against the Czech Republic on February 29.
Tue, 21 Feb, 2012