September 2013 News Archive

Saturday afternoon action for Ireland hopefuls..28/09/2013
While acting manager Noel King, with so little time to prepare, may not be in a position to make major alterations, even if deemed necessary, to the Ireland squad he is set to announce on Monday afternoon, one must commend the application, verve and vigour he has applied to evaluating the available options throughout this week. There was limited Irish involvement in the Premiership on Saturday afternoon, with just Ciaran Clark playing for Aston Villa in their three two home success over Manchester City and Robbie Brady, who earned and scored the winning penalty for Hull City at home to West Ham United, who had Joey O'Brien in their starting eleven. With Brady reported to be scheduled for a hernia operation during the international break, it seems likely that the watching Noel King will have been focussed on O'Brien, playing at left back.


nternational hopefuls in Championship action..28/09/2013
It remains unclear whether the early Saturday afternoon Championship meeting of Nottingham Forest and Derby County saw the presence of Ireland's acting manager Noel King. If so, the form of Andy Reid will surely have caught the eye in their one nil victory. Centre back hopeful Richard Keogh was dismissed for a second bookable offence with twelve minutes remaining while Conor Sammon was introduced as a substitute for the visitors approaching the hour mark. The New Den hosted the two nil victory for Millwall over Leeds United, with David Forde in fine form for the hosts while Paul Green was avery late substitute for the visitors. The contest between Reading and Birmingham City offered further opportunity to Alex Pearce to catch the eye for the hosts while Stephen Kelly was a very late substitute in their two nil victory over a visiting side with Darren Randolph in goals and U21 midfielder Callum Reilly also completing ninety minutes.
Hectic schedule for acting senior manager Noel King..26/09/2013
Following mid-week visits to London and Birkenhead, Ireland's acting senior manager Noel King is set to continue his hectic schedule with a possible double header on Saturday. Nottingham Forest and Derby County meet at 12.15pm on Saturday afternoon and with Hull City, less than an hour away, the visit of West Ham United to the KC Stadium could prove a 3.00pm attraction. Then of course, Stoke City entertain Norwich City at 1.30pm on Sunday afternoon, if any juice remains in the King batteries?.

Noel King set to take in Capital One Cup action..25/09/2013
Acting senior manager Noel King has altered his schedule and travelled to England, to take in a Capitol One Cup contest on both Tuesday and Wednesday evening. While it is likely that 'Kinger' will have a firm idea of his squad requirements for the two remaining WCQ fixtures, the opportunity to run the rule over some other candidates is compelling. The visit of Everton to Fulham on Tuesday night was the initial target, where Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy, both well known to King at U21 level, were joined in the starting eleven by Darron Gibson. Indications are that the visit of Stoke City to Tranmere Rovers will be the focus tonight, where squad regulars Jon Walters, Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson, should they play, may be joined by another exile Stephen Ireland.

Noel King to take charge for remaining WC Qualifiers..23/09/2013
The FAI has confirmed that Under 21 Head Coach Noel King will take temporary responsibility for the two remaining WCQ's against Germany and Kazakhstan and he will be assisted by High Performance Director Ruud Dokter. The Dutchman, together with Ray Houghton, will also be responsible for carrying out a review in relation to the permanent senior appointment. Current Under 21 Team Coach Harry McCue will take charge of the Ireland Under 21 side for their two crucial European Championship fixtures against Romania next month.

Countdown to squad announcement shrouded in silence..21/09/2013
With FIFA's fourteen day provisional squad announcement date just six days hence on Friday 27 September 2013, silence is currently the watchword at FAI Headquarters in Abbotstown. The fact that our mainstream media also appears quite dormant in this area would hint at the appointment of Martin O'Neill being a fait accompli. If that is the aim and intention, one hopes that contact has been made, as it is believed that the Derryman does not suffer fools gladly. Should the appointment process be taking a different direction, then one might anticipate the temporary managerial responsibility falling to current goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly.
Ciaran Clark in commanding form for Aston Villa...21/09/2013
Centre back Ciaran Clark was in commanding form for Aston Villa who defeated Norwich City by one goal to nil at Carrow Road in this afternoon's early Premiership kick-off. Anthony Pilkington was introduced for the final thirty minutes by the hosts and was also quite prominent but disappointingly Wesley Hoolihan was an unused substitute. In the Championship early kick-off, Millwall, with David Forde in goals, secured the points with a one goal victory at Charlton Athletic.

Ireland centre back crisis for Cologne...21/09/2013
Whoever makes the squad call for the upcoming WCQ against Germany in Cologne will face a challenging dilemma when it comes to the centre back positions. Richard Dunne and John O'Shea are both suspended for that contest, while Sean St Ledger and now Paul McShane are both currently sidelined through injury. Ciaran Clark and Darren O'Dea, interestingly both left footers, remain from the last squad, while Damian Delaney, another left footed candidate, has been performing resolutely with Crystal Palace in the opening weeks of their Premiership campaign. This afternoon's Championship meeting of Derby County and Reading, won by the visitors by three goals to one, offered the opportunity to review the merits of fringe candidates Richard Keogh and Alex Pearce who were in opposition.

Prelude - Do we have grounds for optimism?..13/09/2013
While not for one moment subscribing to the ' Dunphy Barometer' which appears to swing wildly in all directions, I do believe there are grounds for optimism in relation to the future of our senior international team. My thoughts are not founded on hearsay or speculative comment from so-called experts, who having derided Giovanni Trapattoni for his distant approach to the assessment of Irish footballers, then offer opinions, indeed judgements founded on an almost identical lack of first hand knowledge. Rather my thoughts, indeed positive hopes, are founded on personal experience, personal observation of playing candidates in the field.

Grounds for optimism - The Exiles...13/09/2013
The Exiles; The five most notable exiles, whether by personal choice or not, are Darron Gibson (26), Andy Reid (31), Stephen Ireland (27), Anthony Stokes (25) and Kevin Foley (28). The talent and technical ability of the first four is I believe unquestioned and with the correct assurances and attitude all could contribute in the future. Sadly, the horse may have bolted for Kevin Foley, who has been superseded by U21 defender Matt Doherty at club level and of course the spectre of Seamus Coleman looks likely to dominate the senior scene for years to come.

Grounds for optimism - The Dark Horses...13/09/2013
The Dark Horses; One can never have sufficient options and alternatives and the recent emergence and introduction of twenty seven year old midfielder Stephen Quinn illustrates that point. The Hull City player has made a positive impact in his brief recent introductions at senior level. There are three other midfield candidates who may also have the ability to make a similiar impact should the opportunity arise. Twenty four year old Alan Judge has been impressive as the wide right midfielder with Blackburn Rovers, while central midfielder Chris McCann (25) looks set to replace James McCarthy in the Wigan Athletic engine room. As a teenager at Arsenal, Conor Henderson was touted as a potential star of the future and that could yet come to fruition. Now twenty two, Henderson lost his way somewhat and despite impressing with Noel King's U21 side in the last European Championship campaign found himself without a club. That was, until earlier this week when following a successful trial period, newly promoted Hull City have provided him with the opportunity to re-ignite his career. The ball is now very much in his court.

Grounds for optimism - The Young Guns...13/09/2013
The Young Guns; The current U21 campaign has just begun, but already there are at least three young midfielders who could make it to the summit. Samir Carruthers and Sean Murray have been on the radar for a little while but the emergence this season of a physically stronger and technically excellent Connor Smith at Watford and in his second half cameo against Germany in the Showgrounds last week, lends further to optimism.

The usual plethora of speculation continues to grow...12/09/2013
Not unexpectedly, the hours and minutes following the confirmed departures of Giovanni Trapattoni and his cohorts, have been filled with unbridled speculation on his replacement. Martin O'Neill appears to be the front runner with Mick McCarthy an intimated close challenger. Chris Hughton and Brian McDermott have both ruled themselves out, and given their current positions at Norwich city and Leeds United respectively, that is not surprising. FAI Chief Executive John Delaney appears to be throwing a few curve balls, with references to anyone and everyone. The somewhat cavalier statement that the matter would be addressed in the fullness of time does not sit well and may be another dummy movement. If the eagle eyed spot Mr O'Neill at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon where Wesley Hoolihan and Anthony Pilkington will be visiting with Norwich City, there may be quite a surge at the Bookie Bars.

Giovanni Trapattoni and Marco Tardelli depart...11/09/2013
As anticipated, the FAI has today announced the departure of manager Giovanni Trapattoni, his assistant Marco Tardelli and fitness coach Fausto Rossi from their positions within the Association. The exit is described as being by mutual consent, usually an indication that the termination package has been agreed. The usual plaudits of thank you and good luck were issued by both parties and the FAI is now set to embark on the process of appointing a replacement. With the next match against Germany, scheduled for just over four weeks time, it is anticipated that the process will be swift.

Ireland go down to late goal in Vienna tonight...10/09/2013
The dream of participation in next year's World Cup Finals in Brazil, is now most definitely over. A goal five minutes from time by Austrian star man David Alaba, who also scored the late equaliser in Dublin, secured a deserved victory for the hosts. Ireland did show improved attacking endeavour in what was a fairly open contest but the fact that we had not one effort on target tells it's own tale. For their part, the hosts, in addition to the winning goal, did force two fine saves from David Forde. The senior trio of Robbie Keane, Richard Dunne and John O'Shea were all yellow carded, which means the latter two will miss the next match against Germany in Cologne on Friday the 11th October 2013.

Ireland U21s soundly beaten by superior Germany...09/09/2013
The Republic of Ireland U21 side suffered a thumping four nil defeat to a hugely impressive Germany in their opening home fixture of the 2015 European Championship qualifying campaign, in the Showgrounds tonight. The opening two goals on twelve and twenty two minutes came from avoidable defensive errors, but the second brace of goals emphasised the quality of the visitors. Ireland fought valiantly and provided some moments of inspiration but were ultimately despatched by a better side, who had three senior internationals in their ranks. Watford duo, Sean Murray and in particular, half-time substitute Conor Smith both showed much promise, while Sheffield United defender Sean McGinty stepped up on previous outings. Ireland next travel to face Romania on Friday 11 October 2013 before facing the same opposition back in the Sligo Showgrounds on the afternoon of Tuesday the 15th October 2013.

Malahide sombre as Ireland prepare for Vienna...07/09/2013
The Ireland squad took part in a light training session in Gannon Park this morning. In his midday press conference, under pressure manager, Giovanni Trapattoni suggested that he might make two or three changes to the starting eleven to face Austria in Vienna on Tuesday evening. Certain descisions may be hoist upon him however, as Shane Long (dead leg) and Jonathan Walters (ankle) took no part this morning and may be doubtful for the impending contest, while Glenn Whelan has withdrawn with a thigh injury and will be replaced by Stephen Quinn.

The Brazil dream is all but ended in Dublin tonight...06/09/2013
The dream of participation in next year's World Cup Finals in Brazil, all but ended in another drab performance in Dublin tonight. Visitors Sweden, were deserved winners and are now very much in pole position to secure the runners-up spot in Qualifying Group C. A frantic start from both sides set the scene at a packed Aviva Stadium tonight. Ireland slowly gained the ascendancy and a scrambled goal from the maestro Robbie Keane set the stands a quiver, but those tingliing sensations were short lived as ten minutes later, Norwich City striker Johan Elmander equalised for the visitors. Indeed Sweden should have led as their captain and talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic had squandered a relatively easy opportunity. The second half started slowly until the visitors secured the lead on fifty seven minutes through thirty seven year old Anders Svensson. Ireland huffed and puffed but offered little or nothing by way of creativity. The standard Trapattoni diet of thump it long prevailed and failed. The substitution of Jon Walters by Simon Cox offered no inspiration, while the later introduction of debutant Anthony Pilkington for James McClean provided some brief glimpses of possibility, but it was all too late.

U21s face Germany in the Showgrounds on Monday...05/09/2013
The Republic of Ireland U21 side, guided by Head Coach Noel King, take on group favourites Germany in a 2015 European Championship qualifying contest at the Showgrounds, Sligo at 7.45pm on Monday evening next. The North West venue, with the fabled Benbulben as a picturesque backdrop, has witnessed some excellent performances from King's young tyros over the past two years and this new batch has the potential to again catch the public imagination. The progression of Robbie Brady, Greg Cunningham, Jeff Hendrick and James McCarthy to the senior ranks, provides a vivid illustration of the talent that graced the Showgrounds during the last campaign. There are, within the current squad, some talented footballers, and the opportunity to watch them literally on your doorstep, should not be missed by the passionate football community of the North West and indeed the country as a whole.

Ticket Applications - Kazahkstan (Dublin)
The closing date for receipt of individual applications for the World Cup qualifier against Kazahkstan in Dublin is Friday 13th September 2013. Application Forms can be accessed to the right of this notification.

Kazakhstan (H) - application deadline: Friday, 13 September 2013

Irish Summer releases and transfers as transfer window closes
The current UK transfer window concluded on Monday 2nd September 2013. The following Irish players were all involved in some form of transfer or release during the summer period. The 11th hour transfer of James McCarthy from Wigan Athletic to Everton for a reported £13 million tops the list by some way. Other significant summer movements saw the signing by QPR of Richard Dunne following his release by Aston Villa, together with the switch of James McClean from Sunderland to Wigan Athletic and goalkeeper Darren Randolph from Motherwell to Birmingham City.

Senior Women's squad named for WCQ opener in Bray...02/09/2013
Ireland's Senior Women will open their 2015 World Cup qualifying campaign against Slovakia on Sunday 22 September 2013 in the Carlisle Grounds, Bray. Head Coach Sue Ronan has today announced her squad of twenty for that opening encounter and will reduce the squad to eighteen for the second qualifying contest in Croatia, four days later.

Club Meeting Tonight - Special Guests - Brian Kerr and Shaun Byrne
We were delighted to welcome former senior manager Brian Kerr, who was in charge of both our Under 16 and Under 18 European Champions of 1998, together with our Under 16 captain Shaun Byrne, then of West Ham United, as our special guests this evening. A full report will follow on what was an enthralling night in the Sala Room at the Crown Moran Hotel.

August Club Meeting - Special Guests - Brian Kerr and Shaun Byrne
We were delighted to welcome former senior manager Brian Kerr, who was in charge of both our Under 16 and Under 18 European Champions of 1998, together with our Under 16 captain Shaun Byrne, then of West Ham United, as our special guests at our August 2013 meeting, for what was an enthralling night in the Sala Room at the Crown Moran Hotel.

Trapattoni names starting eleven for Sweden encounter...05/09/2013
Giovanni Trapattoni has this afternoon named his starting eleven for tomorrow evening's World Cup qualifier against Sweden in the Aviva Stadium. Team: D Forde; S Coleman, R Dunne, J O'Shea, M Wilson; J Walters, G Whelan, J McCarthy, J McClean; R Keane (C), S Long.

U19s defeated by Slovenia in opening friendly contest...03/09/2013
Head Coach Paul Doolin will have been disappointed by the three nil defeat suffered by another batch of Under 19 candidates when Ireland faced Slovenia at the RSC Waterford this evening. The sides meet again in the RSC Waterford at 1.00pm on Thursday afternoon in the second contest. These matches will be the final warm-up before the selected squad travel to Sweden next month where, in addition to the hosts, they will face Azerbaijan and Bosnia-Herzegovina in the first qualifying phase of the 2014 European Championship.