There were only a couple of selection decisions Martin O’Neill needed to be convinced of last night and Kevin Long did well enough against Uruguay to show he’s capable of stepping up to the challenge of a World Cup qualifier on Sunday.
Mon, 05 Jun, 2017
Sat, 28 May, 2016
Martin O’Neill has poured scorn on the suggestion he will have to guard against the boredom and grumbles that were supposedly rife among Giovanni Trapattoni’s Republic of Ireland squad in the lead-up and during Euro 2012.
Tue, 24 May, 2016
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.
Fri, 13 May, 2016
Martin O’Neill has firmly placed Damien Delaney’s international future in the player’s hands by suggesting he won’t rule the Corkman out of his Euro plans if “he’s an interest in playing” for Ireland.
Wed, 24 Feb, 2016
Thu, 10 Dec, 2015
Wed, 18 Nov, 2015
On the evidence of what we saw on Friday night in Zenica - when the fog wasn’t making it impossible to see anything at all - Ireland now have a big chance of qualifying for next year’s European Championship finals by beating Bosnia & Herzegovina in the Aviva Stadium tonight.
Mon, 16 Nov, 2015
Edin Dzeko tried to be diplomatic, even if he didn’t try too hard to think. After the Bosnia and Herzegovina striker spent a few minutes talking about how Ireland’s many absent players wouldn’t negatively affect Martin O’Neill’s side, the 29-year-old was asked which opposition players had impressed him.
Fri, 13 Nov, 2015
Irish absentees in defence, midfield and up front tip the balance the way of the Bosnians in Zenica tonight, particularly when you factor in Edin Dzeko and Miralem Pjanic, two players better than anyone in our team, writes
Fri, 13 Nov, 2015
Thu, 12 Nov, 2015
Mon, 09 Nov, 2015
Wed, 07 Oct, 2015
As endgame looms on Ireland’s Euro Group D qualification campaign, Martin O’Neill will be keen to focus today on the players available to him when he announces his provisional squad for the double-header against Germany and Poland.
Thu, 17 Sep, 2015
It might have taken some heavy labouring by the green shirts before they got to put their feet up last night but, after finally getting to savour that Friday feeling in Faro — not least thanks to another brace from the ever reliable Robbie Keane — the urgent task for Ireland now is to avoid those Monday blues in Dublin.
Sun, 06 Sep, 2015
Having upped sticks from Malahide, the Irish squad will get a first taste of their new Dublin base when they step out on Pitch Number One at the National Training Centre in Abbotstown this morning, to begin preparations for the European Championship double-header away to Gibraltar in Faro on Friday and at home to Georgia in the Aviva Stadium on the following Monday.
Mon, 31 Aug, 2015
It’s being billed in many quarters as a make or break 90 minutes in Ireland’s quest to make it to France in 2016 but whether his team wins, loses or draws against Scotland on Saturday, Martin O’Neill maintains the result of this one game won’t define the final outcome of the qualifying race.
Thu, 11 Jun, 2015
Eamon Dunphy has slammed Martin O’Neill for seemingly regarding him as a bit of a homer while Ronnie Whelan, even though he’s another self-confessed fan, has expressed the fear that he might get “gobbled up” in the heat of the expected battle between Ireland and Scotland on Saturday.
Wed, 10 Jun, 2015
Martin O’Neill is trusting that his players will go the extra mile in keeping themselves sharp and focused in the long post-season run-up to the friendly against England on June 7 and, more crucially, the Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland on June 13.
Wed, 13 May, 2015