Paul McShane in action during the Republic of Ireland’s final training session in Malahide ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The rival managers of Ireland and Poland seemed to be embroiled in a game of double bluff as the countdown continued to the European Championship qual(...)

Martin O’Neill at Gannon Park: “Stephen has got a bit of a problem with his ankle. We think we’re getting to the bottom of it now with a couple of scans.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

While his Polish counterpart faced a stormy fallout from Jakub Blaszczykowski’s strongest showing yet this season for Borussia Dortmund, Martin O’Neil(...)

Poland international Arkadiusz Milik (centre) has come into his own after joining Ajax Amsterdam on loan from Bayer Leverkusen. Photograph: Reuters

He scored twice again last Saturday, Robert Lewandowski. Bayern Munich may have been 2-0 ahead at Werder Bremen, and on the way to Bayern’s sixth cons(...)

Poland’s Sebastian Mila (centre) celebrates with coach Adam Nawalka (left) after scoring against Germany  at the National Stadium in Warsaw on Saturday. Photograph: Kacper Pempel / Reuters

Poland manager Adam Nawalka has no fears that his players will still be distracted by their historic win over world champions Germany when they take o(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane during Tuesday’s match in Poznan. Photograph: Inpho Donall Farmer/Inpho

Standing in the heart of the old East, Martin O’Neill may be the football manager who came in from the cold but he certainly wasn’t feeling the Novemb(...)