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Yesterday’s News

Qualities of those making the changes are key, not the noise of critics and opportunists sitting back

John O’Sullivan takes a look at the criticisms directed at the FAI and Cork City, who have both been in the firing line of late.

Friday 5 July, 2019

Realistic self-help approach could see Lucid's dream become a reality for Irish football LOI

Realistic self-help approach could see Lucid's dream become a reality for Irish football

‘The League of Ireland has unique challenges and positives which need to be understood and embraced,’ writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 14 June, 2019

Waterford's Europa League woes keep the spotlight on FAI governance

‘The noise around Abbottstown may have died down, but the impact of their governance has not,’ writes John O’Sullivan in this week’s column.

Friday 31 May, 2019

The FAI needs a full-time executive board with appropriate governance... not a social club

Today Shane Ross hosts a stakeholder event to kick-off a transformation of Irish football. Expect a lot of what, a little how and even less why, writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 3 May, 2019

Caulfield's legendary status and passion might ultimately have been his downfall LOI

Caulfield's legendary status and passion might ultimately have been his downfall

John O’Sullivan looks at the changing of the guard at Cork City.

Friday 19 April, 2019

We do not have the slightest idea what the League of Ireland will look like in 2020

John O’Sullivan assesses the impact of the ongoing FAI controversy on the League of Ireland.

Friday 5 April, 2019

Why Delaney's 'parish pump' political style has won him support around the country

However, the fact that the FAI boss has visited 2,000 clubs isn’t relevant to the issues up for discussion at an Oireachtas committee hearing next week, writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 22 March, 2019

'The FAI have to open their books in a detailed and transparent way to those who are dependent upon them'

John O’Sullivan reflects on the potentially serious impact rescheduled fixtures have on League of Ireland clubs.

Friday 8 March, 2019

Scaled-back Soccer Republic can be the League of Ireland's Football Italia

John O’Sullivan discusses tailoring highlights to new fans – not the die-hards – and much more in his weekly column.

Friday 22 February, 2019

John O'Sullivan: Time for fans to weed out troublemakers from the league we all love LOI

John O'Sullivan: Time for fans to weed out troublemakers from the league we all love

Name and shame those that make us uncomfortable at League of Ireland games.

Friday 15 February, 2019

'People who don’t understand the LOI can turn their noses up... but they’re the ones losing out'

Love is in the air as John O’Sullivan welcomes a brand-new SSE Airtricity League season.

Tuesday 22 January, 2019

Don't expect Niall Quinn to be a white knight for the League of Ireland

The former Ireland international’s proposals are not encouraging, writes John O’Sullivan.

Thursday 22 November, 2018

Quick-fix appointment could waste a huge opportunity for Irish football

The FAI must resist the lure of a stop-gap hire for the senior manager’s role, writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 26 October, 2018

'It’s unique, small, noisy, bonkers, heart-breaking and joyous in equal measure'

In his final column of the season, John O’Sullivan outlines the reasons to be thankful for the League of Ireland.

Friday 12 October, 2018

One of the longest off-seasons in the world is killing Irish football

“It’s far too easy for a club to turn the lights out in September and do nothing until February,” writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 5 October, 2018

'The Phoenix article reporting Limerick are facing a winding up order makes for dark reading'

As someone who spent 18 months working at the club, John O’Sullivan is saddened by their recent problems.

Friday 21 September, 2018

Those from Dundalk outraged over Turner's Cross ticket allocation are blaming the chair for stubbing their toe

There has been back and forth about the away section ahead of tonight’s top-of-the-table clash, writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 14 September, 2018

Cobh Ramblers' underdog run reminds us why the EA Sports Cup is worth loving

A coin-toss shouldn’t decide the venue for a national final, writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 31 August, 2018

'If the FAI have a primary responsibility it’s to protect clubs from themselves and their own bad decisions.' LOI

'If the FAI have a primary responsibility it’s to protect clubs from themselves and their own bad decisions.'

The Association can do plenty to boost the League of Ireland without allowing clubs to do damage, writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 24 August, 2018

'Being invited to a party you don't want to attend is a pain': FAI have a long to-do list before third-tier plan

John O’Sullivan examines the FAI’s reported interest in creating a third tier in the League of Ireland.

Friday 17 August, 2018

European prize money is splitting the League of Ireland into haves and have-nots

Four clubs grossed €2.3 million while the rest of the league bent over backwards to accommodate them, writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 10 August, 2018

'It's as useful as being angry at those who miss mass each week while planning to see the Pope'

There’s no point criticising football fans for attending the recent Aviva Stadium friendlies while ignoring the League of Ireland, writes columnist John O’Sullivan.

Friday 3 August, 2018

Communication shouldn't be so complicated for two organisations who share a canteen LOI

Communication shouldn't be so complicated for two organisations who share a canteen

For the game’s senior bodies to ignore the standards they expect of others is pathetic, writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 27 July, 2018

'Liam Miller deserves more than to be an excuse for people to have a cut off each other'

The recent debate over Páirc Uí Chaoimh has turned into a point-scoring exercise between fans of the two sports, writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 20 July, 2018

'If the FAI want licensing to be taken seriously, they need to treat breaches more severely'

Bray Wanderers and Limerick are entirely responsible for their recent late payment of wages, writes John O’Sullivan.

Sunday 15 July, 2018

An emotional night with a relevance that went beyond the result

Ahead of Tuesday’s second leg, former Cork City chairman John O’Sullivan on the club’s Champions League tie against Legia Warsaw.

Friday 4 May, 2018

36 games into 31 weekends just doesn’t work - the LOI needs to get serious about scheduling

John O’Sullivan takes a closer look at the headaches caused by the League of Ireland fixture list.

Friday 16 March, 2018

Local heroes like Maguire can be the Messi or Ronaldo to a generation of Irish youngsters

John O’Sullivan on why our rising stars are the League of Ireland’s most valuable asset.

Friday 2 March, 2018

This week's foreseen LOI postponements the right call, but what about last Friday night?

The postponement of the Drogheda United and Finn Harps fixture could have been avoided, writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 16 February, 2018

'Some victories feel sweeter': Waterford's return, and the banner that sparked a rivalry LOI

'Some victories feel sweeter': Waterford's return, and the banner that sparked a rivalry

The SSE Airtricity League is back – and so is John O’Sullivan’s column.

Friday 26 January, 2018

Dundalk's new owners look the part but past experiences leave cause for concern

“For all the positives, you wonder if they’re mad,” writes former Cork City FC chairman John O’Sullivan.

Friday 3 November, 2017

Mark McNulty and Stephen Kenny's fake outrage are the only things selling the FAI Cup final right now

The reaction to the Cork goalkeeper’s remarks was inevitable, and it was disingenuous, writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 28 July, 2017

The Emperor has no clothes: Bray should be apologetic and embarrassed, not defiant

Situation at the Carlisle Grounds is appalling, and really not funny, writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 2 June, 2017

Lessons the League of Ireland could learn from the circus

In his latest column, John O’Sullivan looks at what he League of Ireland could learn from clowns.

Friday 19 May, 2017

The FAI fear unity among clubs — but some are too busy pointing fingers

Complaining that you’re not in the PCA helps no one.

Friday 12 May, 2017

'Every League of Ireland club is a couple of bad decisions away from going out of football'

Athlone investigation turns the spotlight back on the league’s financial pressures, writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 21 April, 2017

Managers moaning is exactly what the League of Ireland needs

In his weekly column, John O’Sullivan makes the case for more off-the-field drama.

Friday 7 April, 2017

No surprise that LOI managers are getting sacked so quickly - it was inevitable

John O’Sullivan reflects on a turbulent week in the League of Ireland.

Friday 31 March, 2017

From unprecedented loss to collective pride: The League of Ireland really is a true 'football family'

‘Like any family, there are lows and highs and if we share in the loss, we also share in the good moments,’ writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 10 March, 2017

Cleaning up weeds and bird sh*t can earn League of Ireland clubs over €20,000

John O’Sullivan, former Cork City chairman and Limerick CEO, on the importance of making fans feel welcome.

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