McClean is enjoying a resurgence of form under Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill at Stoke, with talk of a possible all-Ireland Euros qualifier so far confined to some good-natured joshing.
Tue, 28 Jan, 2020
It’s GAA convention season, in case you hadn’t noticed, and whether by accident or design, an important theme has been running through the many end-of-year reports and speeches scripted by under pressure and, in some cases, under-fire county board officers.
Fri, 13 Dec, 2019
Picture the young James McClean when he first wore a Sunderland jersey. Memories stir of a fearless winger slaloming down the touchline. It seemed, even then, to be almost old-fashioned in a league that was no longer so in thrall to the hustle and bustle of years gone by.
Sat, 16 Nov, 2019
Earlier this summer, the Cork minor footballers had shown admirable resilience when picking themselves up off the floor following a 19-point thumping at home to Kerry and successfully keeping their season alive eight days later in Ennis.
Mon, 02 Sep, 2019
Declan Rice has not been included in England’s squad for next week’s Nations Cup clash with Spain at Wembley, with manager Gareth Southgate saying that Rice has a “really difficult decision” to make about his international future.
Fri, 31 Aug, 2018
SHAMROCK Rovers’ training base at Kingswood was bathed in brilliant sunshine yesterday but manager Stephen Bradley and his players badly need a pick-me-up result against Limerick in Tallaght tonight (8pm) to dispel the dark clouds which currently assail the club.
Fri, 20 Apr, 2018
Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill accepts that player eligibility is a football issue not a political or religious one, but has criticised the FAI for their communication with the IFA over players who wish to switch allegiance from the North to the Republic.
Tue, 13 Mar, 2018
Sean Maguire might have hogged the goals and the headlines in Cork City ’s title success last year but arguably no player more completely embodied the collective team effort underlying that achievement – and the cup triumph which made it such a momentous year for the club — than Conor McCormack.
Fri, 16 Feb, 2018
With Martin O’Neill’s position as Ireland manager moving closer to the brink than it’s ever been before over the last 48 hours, the question of who might succeed him — whether that’s sooner or later — has gained fresh momentum.
Fri, 12 Jan, 2018
Northern Ireland defender Corry Evans was forced to apologise last night for a foul-mouthed racist rant from his wife on Twitter over the Romanian referee’s controversial penalty award for Switzerland at Windsor Park on Thursday.
Sat, 11 Nov, 2017