Management continue to review international options...06/12/2013
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is scheduled for a busy and extended weekend as he continues to review the international options available to him. The Den in London's docklands is set to be his first port of call, where David Forde (Millwall) is set to face Wigan Athletic duo James McClean and the uncapped Chris McCann. Sunday afternoon at the Emirates Stadium offers another viewing of Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy as their Everton take on hosts Arsenal. The Monday evening trip to Swansea City is a more arduous journey but may prove rewarding if Robbie Brady and David Meyler maintain their presence with visitors Hull City. Meanwhile, assistant manager Roy Keane is believed to be Hawthorns bound on Saturday afternoon when Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion) is set to face Wes Hoolihan (Norwich City).
2014 World Cup Finals draw made this afternoon ...06/12/2013
The draw for the 2014 World Cup Finals took place this afternoon at the Costa do Sauipe Resort, in Brazil. Sadly, the excuse to spend time and money on the beach at Copacabana is not available to Ireland supporters, so we will have to enjoy/endure the exploits of our neighbours England, drawn in Group 'D' with Uruguay, Costa Rica and Italy whom they will open their challenge against in Manaus on Saturday 14 June 2014.
Management team continue review process...04/12/2013
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill may have elected to make the short journey to the Emirates Stadium this evening, when Hull City lost two nil against Arsenal in the Premiership. Robbie Brady would have been the obvious focus of attention, but he was withdrawn just before the hour mark, while fellow midfielder David Meyler completed the full ninety minutes. While the visit of Everton duo Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy for the one nil victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford would have been very convenient for Assistant Manager Roy Keane, a trip to the Midlands, where Derby County defeated Middlesbrough by two goals to one in the Championship could well have been of greater benefit, as fit again midfielder Jeff Hendrick was involved for the second forty five minutes. Late substitute Conor Sammon scored the last minute winner.
International hopefuls in Tuesday night action...03/12/2013
Defenders Damian Delaney (Crystal Palace) and Joey O'Brien (West Ham United) were in action this evening when their respective clubs met at Selhurst Park in a Premiership basement contest. Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is reported to have made the short journey from his home, with reports suggesting that the visitors Mark Noble, who qualifies through his grandparents from Cork, was the primary focus of attention. The midfielder was quite impressive in a tidy and industrious performance but suffered disappointment as his side went down to a one goal defeat. Left sided centre back Delaney provided a commanding defensive performance, which is unlikely to have gone unnoticed, while O'Brien, playing in his more natural right back position, was relatively quiet.
Sunday action under review by Management team ...01/12/2013
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane are likely to have had keen eyes on the Sunday afternoon Premiership contest between Hull City and Liverpool at the KC Stadium. The hosts had Robbie Brady and David Meyler, who scored, together with possible new defensive recruit Curtis Davies in their starting eleven, as they secured a three one victory. The Championship meeting of Wigan Athletic and Derby County may also have attracted attention, with James McClean starting for the hosts, while the visitors started with Richard Keogh while injury returnee Jeff Hendrick joined the fray for the final thirty minutes of his side's three one victory. In the Scottish Cup, Heart of Midlothian went down to a seven nil home defeat by Glasgow Celtic who had Anthony Stokes in their side.
Management duo enjoy Goodison Park rendezvous...30/11/2013
The Ireland management duo of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane were in attendance at the Premiership meeting of Everton and Stoke City this afternoon at Goodison Park. The hosts had both Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy in their starting eleven, while the visitors started with Jonathan Walters and Glenn Whelan while Marc Wilson and Stephen Ireland were on the substitute bench. Full back Coleman scored a rare goal in a four nil demolition of their troubled opponents.
South coast Championship meeting - possible dividend?...30/11/2013
The one all Championship draw between South coast clubs AFC Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove Albion in this afternoon's early kick-off may well have caught the live tv attention of the Ireland management team. Stephen Ward started at left back for the visitors but the focus may well have been be on home midfield duo Harry Arter and Eunan O'Kane. Currently twenty three, both have shown glimpses of potential and are young enough to improve and maintain the consistency which might yet lead to a senior call up.
Ireland candidates in Friday night Championship action...29/11/2013
The Friday night Championship meeting of Nottingham Forest and Reading witnessed the return of Roy Keane to the City Ground where he began his illustrious playing career. The current Ireland Assistant Manager was in attendance to run the rule over visiting duo Stephen Kelly and Alex Pearce, while Simon Cox for the hosts also had the opportunity to catch the eye and did indeed find the net. Andy Reid was introduced as a second half substitute, but the hosts went down to a three two defeat.
Irish duo in Thursday night Europa League action...28/11/2013
Championship side Wigan Athletic went down to avery late two one defeat against visiting Belgian opponents SV Zulte Waregem in the Europa League at the DW Stadium this evening. Irish midfield duo, James McClean and the uncapped Chris McCann both started. McClean is a current senior international squad member and the twenty six year old Dubliner McCann will be hoping to join him. It is believed that the contest did attract the attention of the Irish management team.
Draws for UEFA Under 17 Championship...28/11/2013
The draw for the Elite Phase of the 2014 UEFA U17 Championship was made this morning and Ireland will face Germany, Georgia and hosts Serbia with the matches scheduled for 26th, 28th and 31st March 2014. The qualifying draw for the 2015 Championship was also made and Ireland will host the group containing Faroe Islands, Gibraltar and Scotland on the 22nd, 24th and 27th September 2014.
UEFA Under 19 Championship draws made today...28/11/2013
The draw for the Elite Phase of the 2014 UEFA U19 Championship was made this morning and Ireland will host Iceland, Serbia and Turkey with the matches scheduled for 28th and 3oth May 2014 and 2 June 2014. The qualifying draw for the 2015 Championship was also made and Ireland will host the group containing Gibraltar, Malta and Switzerland on the 13th, 15th and 18th Novenber 2014.
Ireland hopefuls in Tuesday evening action...26/11/2013
Anthony Stokes, recalled to the Ireland squad in recent weeks, was introduced as a late substitute by his club Glasgow Celtic in their three nil UEFA Champions League defeat by visitors AC Milan this evening. League One in England featured U21 defender Derrick Williams in action for Bristol City, who drew two each with high flying Leyton Orient. Fellow U21 defender Matt Doherty was an unused substitute, while senior striker Kevin Doyle completed ninety minutes for Wolverhampton Wanderers in their two nil home victory over Tranmere Rovers.
Monday night Premiership action at the Hawthorns...25/11/2013
The Monday evening meeting of West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa at the Hawthorns must be attracting the attention of the Irish management team as Shane Long for the hosts goes head to head with Ciaran Clark for the visitors from just four miles away. The Tipperary man has started with a bang, scoring after just two minutes and following it with a second eight minutes later to put 'The Baggies' two up. The visitors however fought back and two second half goals earned them a point in this vibrant contest.