As a footballer, Callum O’Dowda seems to take all the big tests in his graceful stride – whether that be moving from League 2 Oxford United to Bristol City in the Championship, getting his first senior cap on the eve of the Euros against Belarus in Cork or, just last month, making his competitive debut for Ireland when coming off the bench in the 3-1 win in Moldova.
Despite continuing speculation linking him to the now vacant managerial post at Everton, Martin O’Neill says that he has had no approaches to return to club football and once again stressed that his sole focus at the moment is on steering Ireland through the European Championship finals in France.
He could potentially be sacked by the time the transfer window closes if comments from the club’s global adviser are to be believed but Blackburn manager Steve Kean is on the lookout for a new striker and is looking for players close to these shores.
ALEX FERGUSON’S achievements at Old Trafford will be put into focus by Manchester United supporters ahead of the 25th anniversary of his appointment as manager when they unveil a banner on the Stretford End for this afternoon’s match against Sunderland that says simply: The impossible dream made possible.
HE MIGHT have been one of the most feted English footballers of all time but, in an era when many top players couldn’t afford to give up the day job, Tom Finney wasn’t called the ‘Preston Plumber’ for nothing: the great winger once even turned up to fit a new sink for Football League boss Alan Harwicker.