“We have not had a Northern Ireland player who has opted to play for the Republic of Ireland since I took over,” Michael O’Neill boasted, in a recent interview with the Sunday Times. “James McClean,” he said triumphantly, “was the last one.” O’Neill took the reins of the Northern Ireland team from a beleaguered Nigel Worthington in December 2011 following […]

Roddy riles but he gets people talking

“You know what this has become? It’s become the world against Roddy Collins! The conversation has become a nonsense. This conversation has become ‘Irish football against Roddy Collins.’ We should have just discussed it and moved on! The conversation has become an embarrassment now.” Stuey Byrne began his contribution to Newstalk’s ‘Off the Ball’ programme on Tuesday by defending Roddy […]

Sporting administrator or celebrity?

The recent appearances of Football Association of Ireland (FAI) chief executive John Delaney in the media have been perplexing to say the least. An administrator at the head of a major Irish sporting body, he has suddenly morphed into a celebrity and one cannot help but view the grotesque transformation as a cynical ploy. In the immediate aftermath of the […]