An aspect of Brexit that has been overlooked until it came to my mind with the change of manager and failure of the Republic of Ireland football team to score in the past number of matches — or indeed to make a success of any of the recent competitions in which they have been involved.
If he turned on the telly in the team hotel ahead of the Republic of Ireland’s friendly against Northern Ireland last Thursday, Séamus Coleman might have taken inspiration from watching Theresa May defend her Brexit deal in the House of Commons.
While Martin O’Neill is happy to take the positives from Tuesday’s 1-1 draw in Poland and factor them into his preparations for next month’s Nations League double-header against Denmark and Wales in Dublin, the manager isn’t losing sight of the fact that there is a limit to the lessons which can be learned from a friendly game.
Roy Keane revealed today he hadn’t yet told his ex-Manchester United colleagues that the Liam Miller tribute match next month has been moved to Pairc Ui Chaoimh – keeping it as a surprise and hoping they’ll be alarmed by the size of the pitch.
The same day Roy Keane adorned the front page of this paper by flying back into his hometown to launch the Liam Miller tribute match also happened to be the 25th anniversary of him joining Manchester United for a then record British transfer fee.