Speaking as he was named SSE Airtricity League/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for October/November, McEleney admitted “it was a sad day” to see Kenny leave Oriel Park.
In the aftermath of the scoreless draw with Denmark, and with the final game of a dispiriting 2018 now out of the way for his struggling Irish team, Martin O’Neill was asked what he would like to say to his critics, a growing number of whom are calling on the FAI to bring his reign to an end.
The Michael Obafemi eligibility question took a curious turn at FAI HQ yesterday when a member of the media assured Martin O’Neill that he had it on good authority from a well-placed source — which he said he was not at liberty to reveal — that the 18-year-old is 100% committed to choosing Ireland over Nigeria or England.
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.
Having been subjected to a lengthy interrogation on all things Arter, Walters, Rice, and Keane yesterday, Martin O’Neill finally got around to reminding his audience he still has a squad of players from which to choose a team for Thursday’s Nations League game against Wales in Cardiff.