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Friday 12 March, 2021

'You can be very happy' - Chelsea manager Tuchel gives new Irish coach ringing endorsement
# Thumbs Up
# Thumbs Up

'You can be very happy' - Chelsea manager Tuchel gives new Irish coach ringing endorsement

Mar 12th 2021, 11:17 AM 10,961 Views 1 Comment

The Blues’ first-team coach Anthony Barry has replaced Damien Duff on Stephen Kenny’s staff.

Thursday 11 March, 2021

Alan Judge angrily rejects referee's version of events in fall-out to square-up incident
# Ref Justice
# Ref Justice

Alan Judge angrily rejects referee's version of events in fall-out to square-up incident

Updated Mar 11th 2021, 9:40 PM 11,598 Views 6 Comments

Judge refutes Darren Drysdale’s accusation of using the phrase a ‘f***** cheating c***’ in a confrontation for which the referee has been given a backdated suspension.

More problems for Stephen Kenny as Darren Randolph ruled out of World Cup qualifiers
# Injury Woe
# Injury Woe

More problems for Stephen Kenny as Darren Randolph ruled out of World Cup qualifiers

Mar 11th 2021, 8:48 PM 7,576 Views 13 Comments

Likely replacement Caoimhin Kelleher is also a doubt for the games with injury.

'We’re probably in their heads more than we know' - Rovers boss dismisses Hoban's 'proper league' claim
# LOI
# LOI

'We’re probably in their heads more than we know' - Rovers boss dismisses Hoban's 'proper league' claim

Mar 11th 2021, 12:08 PM 4,499 Views 1 Comment

The Dundalk forward disputes the validity of Rovers’ title triumph last year, but it’s not cutting ice with Stephen Bradley.

Clubs' gambling partnerships not at odds with FAI stance - LOI chief
# LOI
# LOI

Clubs' gambling partnerships not at odds with FAI stance - LOI chief

Mar 11th 2021, 7:15 AM 2,568 Views 1 Comment

The FAI last month confirmed they have decided not to strike commercial deals with betting firms.

Wednesday 10 March, 2021

FAI 'very comfortable' with new Dundalk coaching set-up that sees Giovagnoli take reduced role
# LOI
# LOI

FAI 'very comfortable' with new Dundalk coaching set-up that sees Giovagnoli take reduced role

Mar 10th 2021, 1:52 PM 3,339 Views 0 Comments

Dundalk may face punishment if Giovagnoli is deemed to be performing managerial duties, however.

Tuesday 9 March, 2021

'Football provokes an emotional reaction in people that's so real we have to respect it'
# BTL
# BTL

'Football provokes an emotional reaction in people that's so real we have to respect it'

Updated Mar 9th 2021, 3:13 PM 8,087 Views 1 Comment

Argentinian writer Marcelo Mora y Araujo is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

Ancelotti eases fears over Coleman injury ahead of World Cup qualifiers
# Relief
# Relief

Ancelotti eases fears over Coleman injury ahead of World Cup qualifiers

Mar 9th 2021, 10:40 AM 3,096 Views 2 Comments

The Irish captain should be back this weekend, before Stephen Kenny names his squad.

'Vera said to us, ‘Remember this feeling and this is not going to happen to us again'
# Motivated
# Motivated

'Vera said to us, ‘Remember this feeling and this is not going to happen to us again'

Mar 9th 2021, 8:30 AM 2,690 Views 0 Comments

Irish striker Amber Barrett talks international ambition and getting back to action with her club in Germany.

'It wasn't a big issue when Mick was sacked' - Jack Byrne settling into life at Apoel Nicosia
# New Surroundings
# New Surroundings

'It wasn't a big issue when Mick was sacked' - Jack Byrne settling into life at Apoel Nicosia

Mar 9th 2021, 6:00 AM 12,761 Views 5 Comments

Jack Byrne talks about how he is adjusting to his new life in Cyprus, and has high praise for Stephen Kenny.

Monday 8 March, 2021

Teenage son of Olympians Rob and Marian Heffernan to train with Serie A giants including Juventus
# Next Generation
# Next Generation

Teenage son of Olympians Rob and Marian Heffernan to train with Serie A giants including Juventus

Mar 8th 2021, 7:55 PM 51,598 Views 21 Comments

Cathal Heffernan has the chance to impress Roma, Atalanta and AC Milan too, as Brexit forces Irish youngsters to broaden their horizons.

Friday 5 March, 2021

Gordon Elliott banned from training horses for six months following photo investigation
# Suspended
# Suspended

Gordon Elliott banned from training horses for six months following photo investigation

Updated Mar 5th 2021, 5:58 PM 85,091 Views 178 Comments

Elliott says he will ‘never again disrespect a horse living or dead’.

Wednesday 3 March, 2021

Uefa set 7 April deadline as doubts grow over Dublin's ability to host Euro 2020 games
# Grounds For Concern
# Grounds For Concern

Uefa set 7 April deadline as doubts grow over Dublin's ability to host Euro 2020 games

Mar 3rd 2021, 9:17 PM 28,107 Views 35 Comments

The Aviva Stadium must be able to host crowds if the four games are to go ahead as planned.

Tuesday 2 March, 2021

'You have to take a line' - Stephen Jones on his 'uncompromising' opinions
# BTL
# BTL

'You have to take a line' - Stephen Jones on his 'uncompromising' opinions

Mar 2nd 2021, 8:00 AM 31,673 Views 17 Comments

Stephen Jones, rugby correspondent with The Sunday Times, is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

Sunday 28 February, 2021

The Premier League club Ireland might have had: an oral history of the Dublin Dons
# A Saga Retold
# A Saga Retold

The Premier League club Ireland might have had: an oral history of the Dublin Dons

Feb 28th 2021, 9:29 AM 25,908 Views 17 Comments

More than 25 years ago, an Irish consortium led by Eamon Dunphy tried to buy Wimbledon FC and move it to Dublin. Some of the key players recall the story, and wonder what Irish football might look like now had it happened.

Saturday 27 February, 2021

Finding a sponsor, hosting a World Cup and not needing to read Champagne Football - New FAI boss lays out his vision
# Meet The New Boss
# Meet The New Boss

Finding a sponsor, hosting a World Cup and not needing to read Champagne Football - New FAI boss lays out his vision

Feb 27th 2021, 7:00 AM 14,967 Views 14 Comments

Jonathan Hill is the FAI’s first permanent CEO since John Delaney, and yesterday he explained how he plans to drag Irish football from its miserable recent past.

Friday 26 February, 2021

Ireland appoint Chelsea coach as Damien Duff's successor
# Barrys Team
# Barrys Team

Ireland appoint Chelsea coach as Damien Duff's successor

Feb 26th 2021, 8:37 PM 33,230 Views 21 Comments

Anthony Barry will continue working on Thomas Tuchel’s staff at Stamford Bridge.

New FAI boss yet to meet Robbie Keane to resolve his future
# Still On The Sidelines
# Still On The Sidelines

New FAI boss yet to meet Robbie Keane to resolve his future

Feb 26th 2021, 3:28 PM 9,034 Views 9 Comments

New CEO Jonathan Hill spoke to the Irish press today, where he revealed the FAI are saying no to a gambling sponsor, and that he has yet to read Champagne Football.

Thursday 25 February, 2021

France suspend training after another positive Covid-19 test
# Another Case
# Another Case

France suspend training after another positive Covid-19 test

Feb 25th 2021, 9:18 AM 6,130 Views 8 Comments

The France squad have been placed in isolation, with the Six Nations meeting with Scotland set for Sunday.

Tuesday 23 February, 2021

Tiger Woods 'very fortunate' to survive after suffering serious injuries to both legs in car crash
# Accident
# Accident

Tiger Woods 'very fortunate' to survive after suffering serious injuries to both legs in car crash

Updated Feb 23rd 2021, 11:39 PM 110,368 Views 66 Comments

Woods did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the early-morning incident in Los Angeles.

Unhappy Derby County return for Richard Keogh in Huddersfield defeat
# EFL Wrap
# EFL Wrap

Unhappy Derby County return for Richard Keogh in Huddersfield defeat

Updated Feb 23rd 2021, 9:42 PM 9,356 Views 2 Comments

Meanwhile, Norwich City stretched their lead at the top of the Championship.

'The idea you can’t prepare is complete rubbish' - Why penalty shootouts are no lottery
# BTL
# BTL

'The idea you can’t prepare is complete rubbish' - Why penalty shootouts are no lottery

Feb 23rd 2021, 8:00 AM 6,127 Views 0 Comments

Tim Wigmore, author of The Best: How Elite Athletes are Made, is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

Wednesday 17 February, 2021

Taoiseach offers support as James McClean speaks out over horrific abuse
# Standing Up
# Standing Up

Taoiseach offers support as James McClean speaks out over horrific abuse

Feb 17th 2021, 3:17 PM 24,275 Views 47 Comments

The Irish international has again shared the anti-Irish sentiment thrown at him in the UK, and is calling on others to speak out about their experiences.

Amazon Prime announce details of new Alex Ferguson documentary film
# Coming Soon
# Coming Soon

Amazon Prime announce details of new Alex Ferguson documentary film

Feb 17th 2021, 12:02 PM 7,489 Views 8 Comments

Directed by his son Jason, Ferguson wanted to make the movie as he feared losing his memory following a brain haemorrhage in 2018.

Tuesday 16 February, 2021

Referee squares up to Alan Judge in Ipswich draw
# Judge And Jury
# Judge And Jury

Referee squares up to Alan Judge in Ipswich draw

Feb 16th 2021, 9:52 PM 19,557 Views 14 Comments

The Irish international was involved in a bizarre confrontation tonight.

'I felt strongly about things and I would have been unhappy with myself if I stayed' - Duff breaks silence on Irish exit
# Walked Out
# Walked Out

'I felt strongly about things and I would have been unhappy with myself if I stayed' - Duff breaks silence on Irish exit

Feb 16th 2021, 8:00 PM 67,184 Views 31 Comments

Duff has spoken publicly for the first time since quitting Stephen Kenny’s staff.

'It didn't look too good' - John Egan undergoes scan amid fears of serious injury
# Anxious Wait
# Anxious Wait

'It didn't look too good' - John Egan undergoes scan amid fears of serious injury

Feb 16th 2021, 4:25 PM 5,080 Views 2 Comments

The Irish international was stretchered off against West Ham last night.

'He would have been bursting with delight over it, but his persona is that of a serious guy'
# BTL
# BTL

'He would have been bursting with delight over it, but his persona is that of a serious guy'

Updated Feb 16th 2021, 12:00 PM 25,015 Views 2 Comments

John Leonard, author of Dub Sub Confidential, talks Stephen Cluxton and lots more on this week’s edition of Behind the Lines.

Sunday 14 February, 2021

Hate in English football, the heist of Super Bowl rings and the rest of the week's best sportswriting
# Get The Kettle On
# Get The Kettle On

Hate in English football, the heist of Super Bowl rings and the rest of the week's best sportswriting

Feb 14th 2021, 8:30 AM 4,826 Views 0 Comments

Kevin Keegan and Jackie Robinson also feature in this week’s round-up.

Saturday 13 February, 2021

Jon Walters applies to be new CEO of English PFA
# New Boss
# New Boss

Jon Walters applies to be new CEO of English PFA

Feb 13th 2021, 1:04 PM 10,309 Views 5 Comments

Walters says he wants to replace Gordon Taylor, who is ending his 40-year tenure at the end of the season.

Thursday 11 February, 2021

League of Ireland seasons to start as planned despite pause on GAA activity
# Onwards
# Onwards

League of Ireland seasons to start as planned despite pause on GAA activity

Feb 11th 2021, 10:48 AM 3,273 Views 10 Comments

The Premier Division, First Division, and Women’s National League are set to kick off as planned next month.

Tuesday 9 February, 2021

'I felt it was a generation of lads who really wanted to go to war, and really wanted to defend England'
# BTL
# BTL

'I felt it was a generation of lads who really wanted to go to war, and really wanted to defend England'

Updated Feb 9th 2021, 12:00 PM 35,542 Views 27 Comments

American writer and editor Bill Buford, who wrote a book on English football hooliganism called Among The Thugs, is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

Friday 5 February, 2021

Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz
# Les Quizerables
# Les Quizerables

Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz

Feb 5th 2021, 5:00 PM 29,026 Views 7 Comments

How closely were you paying attention to the sports headlines this week?

Thursday 4 February, 2021

Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers confirm interest in signing Richie Towell
# In For Towell
# In For Towell

Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers confirm interest in signing Richie Towell

Feb 4th 2021, 11:00 PM 11,181 Views 7 Comments

Filippo Giovagnoli, meanwhile, says his raft of international signings will raise the profile of the League of Ireland abroad.

Government confirm additional funds to start League of Ireland season
# All Systems Go
# All Systems Go

Government confirm additional funds to start League of Ireland season

Feb 4th 2021, 6:34 PM 2,634 Views 1 Comment

The WatchLOI streaming service, meanwhile, is expected to return in a different format.

'We’ve lost two really good players...when you’re successful, that’s what happens'
# Moving On
# Moving On

'We’ve lost two really good players...when you’re successful, that’s what happens'

Feb 4th 2021, 4:51 PM 7,405 Views 9 Comments

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley is confident the club will cope with the departures of Jack Byrne and Aaron McEneff.

Tuesday 2 February, 2021

'These horrific incidents seemed to keep them enmeshed with one another, in a taboo bond of manhood'
# BTL
# BTL

'These horrific incidents seemed to keep them enmeshed with one another, in a taboo bond of manhood'

Feb 2nd 2021, 8:00 PM 47,364 Views 3 Comments

Anna Krien, author of the award-winning Night Games: Sex, Power, and a Journey to the Dark Heart of Sport, is our guest on this week’s Behind the Lines.

Sunday 31 January, 2021

TV departures and clumsy texts along with the rest of the week's best sportswriting
# Stick The Kettle On
# Stick The Kettle On

TV departures and clumsy texts along with the rest of the week's best sportswriting

Jan 31st 2021, 8:30 AM 12,509 Views 3 Comments

Enjoy some of our favourite pieces from the last seven days.

Saturday 30 January, 2021

In the mould of Roy Keane and learning from Wayne Rooney - The remarkable rise of Jason Knight
# Arise Jason Knight
# Arise Jason Knight

In the mould of Roy Keane and learning from Wayne Rooney - The remarkable rise of Jason Knight

Jan 30th 2021, 8:00 AM 41,916 Views 24 Comments

Still a week shy of his 20th birthday, one of Irish football’s brightest prospects is attracting significant Premier League interest.

Friday 29 January, 2021

Saint Pat's defender Luke McNally joins League One club on permanent deal
# On The Move
# On The Move

Saint Pat's defender Luke McNally joins League One club on permanent deal

Jan 29th 2021, 1:25 PM 4,836 Views 1 Comment

The 21-year-old has signed for Oxford United.