Five things: Trap, Barnes, McParland, Rio, Rooney

1. “Disgraceful” play-offs for Ireland I wouldn’t say Ireland particularly deserved to beat a tidy but unambitious Italian side at Croke Park on Saturday night but it was still a huge disappointment not to be able to hold on to a 2-1 lead for three minutes.  Mind you considering the luck that manager Trapattoni has […]

Should Trap be shown the door?

  I’m sure a certain amount of self-delusion must be required for the likes of Darron Gibson, Anthony Stokes, Glenn Whelan and Keith Andrews to retain their self-belief as part of the Republic of Ireland international squad.  Few would argue that the above are good enough to be selected in a squad ahead of Fat Andy […]

Caught by a Trap?

Although he wasn’t the worst offender of Steve Staunton’s dismal spell in charge of the Irish team, it’s a little late for Richard Dunne to be leaping in to action. “The players want to know who is (going to be manager) and get some sort of plan going for the next two years,” said Dunne, […]

Kerr The Chancer caught short?

Straws He’s running out of straws for which to grasp, and running out of time to make things right. Brian Kerr’s tenure as Irish manager is on the verge of ending with a whimper, the natural conclusion to a series of disappointing qualifying results. Points dropped in two games against Israel and an essentially moribund […]

Group of Death Part 390548

Fickle Football brings out the fickleness in us all. All it can take is a few poor performances from our favourite player or some strange tactical decisions from the incumbant manager to persuade us that perhaps our instincts about the individual were wrong. Forced out When Mick McCarthy was forced out of his job as […]

Get Real!

Doldrums You would be hard pressed to justify the opinion that Jack Charlton’s success with the Irish team was a double-edged sword. For all the glorious years we spent near the top of world football, the relative doldrums we have experienced since 1995 have been a real come down for the fans. Only for those […]

A hero could save us

Old men I’m baffled by what I’ve just witnessed on TV. Former Irish internationals and regular television pundits, Eamonn Dunphy and Johnny Giles, have just poured scorn on the appointment of Brian Kerr as the new Ireland manager. Am I being naive to believe so strongly that Kerr is the best appointment? Or are Dunphy […]

Now the hard work begins

Going Dutch On the same day that England recorded their astonishing 5-1 win away to the old enemy in Germany, another international team were turning heads with an equally memorable result. While superstars such as Beckham, Campbell, Owen and Heskey spectacularly annhilated the Germans, the moderate talents of Kilbane, Dunne, McAteer and Finnan led 10-man […]

The Charlton syndrome

Style The buzz word on the lips of all Spurs fans since the dawn of time (well since around 1995), is ‘style’. We only really started to talk about it when we stopped seeing it. The older generation will harp on about the style-laden side of the 60s, while those of my generation will reminisce […]