Former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland Captain and anchor man, Roy Keane was known as a brute and steel character on the pitch and he has transferred his on-pitch character into his analysis as a TV pundit.

He is known not to put any word in check while speaking, he is not afraid to say what he thinks and feels even if it might upset a few people. Players and managers alike have been a victim of his outbursts.

Major Crisis for Ireland Football National Team

The national football team of the Republic of Ireland might miss Shane Duffy as he is doubtful to play for the qualifier matches against Switzerland and Georgia for Euro 2020 that is set to happen in the next month. The main reason for his miss is the injury in his calf. Duffy is a defender for Brighton in the Premier League and for playing for the club, he got injured and was forced to leave the field during the second half in the match between Aston Villa and Brighton for the Carabao Cup in which the latter got defeated.

Currently, the Republic of Ireland has positioned itself at the top of Group D after playing just five games in the competition. Graham Potter is the boss of Brighton. He said that it is really sad for Shane to not being able to play the matches and his teammates will really going to miss him. Shane Duffy, who has shown a lot of good performance in the Premier League club Brighton, has been omnipresent in the defense side of the Republic of Ireland for the qualifying campaign for Euro 2020. He also successfully scored in the much dramatic and talked about match against Denmark that got tied held in the month of June in Copenhagen.
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Manchester United are looking to move on to other transfer targets after completing the transfer of defender AaronWan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace.

The Red Devils are thought to be eyeing a move for the English duo of Sean Longstaff and James Maddison. It is reported that United are weighing up bids for both players as they look to continue their summer spree.

Coleman is an important player

New Republic of Ireland head coach Mick McCarthy said that Seamus Coleman is an important player for him and that his place is guaranteed in the team irrespective of his form with Everton. Indeed the player has been struggling this season to get a sustained run in the Everton team and that has cause doubts that he might lose his place in the national team.

Mick McCarthy said that Seamus Coleman is his captain and that he is an important player not only on the pitch but also off the pitch. He said that he will be counting on him to lead the other players.
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Ireland manager without key players

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill might be without some key players next month in what might be an important match for his career at the head of the national team. Indeed players such as Seamus Coleman, Harry Arter, and Rice might be missing the games scheduled for next month.

Everton defender Seamus Coleman is currently suffering from a fracture and will be missing the two games scheduled for next month. Harry Arter, on the other hand, is out of the team following a clash with Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane. Rice who has become an important player has yet to decide whether he wants to represent England or the Republic of Ireland at international level.
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Ireland Looking Strong

Republic of Ireland are making an impressive campaign in their qualifying matches for the 2016 Euro’s as the team of Martin O’Neil has not lost a single match so far and remain at the top of Group D along with Poland as they both have secured a total of 7 points so far.

The latest qualifying match that Republic of Ireland played was against Germany in a game that took place at the Veltins-Arena in Germany and a goal from Toni Kroos at the 71st minute gave the German team the lead but just when the match was about to end, John O’Shea scored a late goal which equalized the match 1-1 and forced both squads on having to settle with 1 point.

This was a fairly disappointing result for Germany as they were in need of a victory and had control of the match for the majority of the time but just couldn’t hold on to their lead.

‘It’s a precious point and it might be vital at the end of the campaign. To see John scoring, wearing the armband too, and it so late in the game, well it had everything,’ grinned O’Neill who has overseen an unbeaten start to Group D. We’ve had two tough away games and we’ve got seven points. It was a great point for us, in the context of coming to the home of the world champions and getting something from the game. I still feel Germany is the strongest team in the group’’ Republic of Ireland’s coach Martin O’Neil said.

This draw was huge for Republic of Ireland as they managed to snatch a valuable point when playing against the current champions of the world in their own turf. The side of Martin O’Neil continues their march at the top spots of Group D while Germany will have to start performing better if they want to secure a spot to the 2016 Euro’s.

Aguirre Signs Two Year Contract For Japan

Japan’s early departure from the 2014 World Cup wrapped up Alberto Zaccheroni’s time in charge of the Japanese as he was replaced by the Mexican manager Javier Aguirre.

Javier Aguirre is believed to have signed a 2 year long contract the national Japanese team with the former coach of Mexico earning around $2.5 million each year and if he manages to seal positive results during his time in charge of the squad, the contract has an option that would allow him to continue being the manager for an extended period of time.

The 55 years old Mexican coach Javier Aguirre already has experience in not only coaching national football teams’ but also in managing big clubs such as: Athletic Madrid.

When the announcement was made official to the public, the technical director of the Japanese national football team Hiromi Hara went on praising Javier Aguirre and explaining some of the reasons why the board of directors opted to choose the Mexican as the next coach of Japan.

“We have agreed on terms and the executive board has approved his appointment. He has a lot of experience. He knows how to win and that’s exactly what we want to raise the level of our team. I want him to help us become the kind of team that can stand firm even when we’re playing badly or we’re up against a strong opponent. We wanted someone with experience of European or South American football, and he also has international experience and experience of the World Cup.”

Aguirre has done a reasonably well job with Mexico during his time coaching the national side as he guided the team to the round of 16 on 2 different occasions during the 2002 and 2010 World Cup.


Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has decided to bring in Daryl Murphy back to international fold at the expense of Robbie Keane. The Ipswich Town man has been in fine form this season, but O’Neill took time to explain the decision to include him in the squad. The former Aston Villa manager says that he has had a look at Murphy and was impressed with what he offered on the pitch. He said that the performance against Blackpool was especially of greater significance towards his selection back to the international team.

Robbie Keane, who has been one of the finest players for Ireland over the last decade, will not be available for the upcoming friendly against Serbia. Both teams have failed to qualify for the World Cup 2014. As a result, this friendly match holds less significance especially given that the European championship qualifying matches do not begin until September. However, Ireland will learn their fate about the group opponents next week, as the draw is made by UEFA for this competition. The friendly matches against Turkey and Italy will hold greater significance with regard to team selection for the qualifying matches.

However, it does give Murphy an opportunity to cement himself in the national team, which is expected to undergo massive changes following the arrival of O’Neill.

“I thought Murphy played very well. I spoke to Mick who has been happy and if Robbie was not going to be involved, I thought, right, let us get him involved. I have only seen him once, live, but thought he did great (against Blackpool). I might revisit the McGoldrick situation once his injury clears. At this minute he is injured. I cannot transfer players but if at this minute young talent is not there, I can’t pick them,” said O’Neill.


Martin O’Neill was recently appointed as the replacement for Giovanni Trapattoni after the latter was sacked from his role as the Republic of Ireland manager. The former Aston Villa man has roped in Roy Keane as one of the coaches. Keane has been out of work for the last few years along with O’Neill. However, it has been a tough few months for the Irish since they have not been able to see O’Neill manage the team in a competitive match since taking over. They have been involved in a few friendlies against Latvia and Poland.

O’Neill remains undefeated in the two matches, but he has – for the first time – stated that international management is very different from club management due to the weight for matches. After being involved in club football with the likes of Leicester, Aston Villa, and Sunderland over the last decade, O’Neill is finding it hard to not manage his team in the heat of a match often. Ireland’s next competitive match will not be until September. They will start in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with the belief that they can make it to this competition after missing out on the World Cup.

Ireland did qualify for the Euro 2012, but they were knocked out of the competition after failing to win even a single match.

“That’s the most difficult part of it. But I knew that when I took the job on. There are a lot of games I have been to and you envy the managers who are adversaries on the touchline. They probably think it would be better to be sitting in the stands. At first, I found it strange to get used to but it will pass. We have to wait until September for our first competitive match but I think it will kick in when we get the draw,” said O’Neill.