In his role as club manager or pundit you couldn’t listen to Martin O’Neill without grasping how enthralled he is by the game. As Ireland manager, he has cut a much more subdued figure. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘If they were in swimming, they’d be doing it,” Brian Kerr said about the night-after-night training repetition required of 10- and 11-year-olds with (...)

Wes Hoolahan and Scotand’s Scott Brown battle for possession at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Republic of Ireland manager seemed to have stumbled upon a system that works. That accommodated Wes Hoolahan. That had Scotland on the rack for(...)

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill cuts a frustrated figure. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan 2:10

There is rarely a good time to hear the strange music of Scottish bagpipes. But an hour into what was supposed to be an exhibition of Irish fury at th(...)

Giovanni Trapattoni and  John Delaney at the Galway Races in 2008.  Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Giovanni Trapattoni, former manager of the Irish soccer team, has provided many memorable quotes over the years; one of his most stinging came in reac(...)

“I can’t remember ever any manager telling me ‘This is the way to play for a draw’,” said Scotland boss Gordon Strachan.

No world class players. Just good, good players. Gordon Strachan, a familiar face and voice in his role as television analyst, enters the Lansdowne Ro(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill during squad training at Gannon Park in Malahide on Monday. Photo:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is refusing to allow the furore surrounding Fifa’s controversial loan to the FAI distract him from his Euro(...)

Former Republic of Ireland manager  Giovanni Trapattoni. Photo:  Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

Giovanni Trapattoni, who managed the Irish team on the night it was eliminated by France in a World Cup play-off in November 2009, says that he was ap(...)

Former France coach Raymond Domenech says it’s disgraceful that Ireland accepted money when World Cup qualification was at stake. Photo: Getty Images 3:33

Former France manager Raymond Domenech believes Ireland’s players should be compensated after hearing of Fifa’s €5 million payout following the infamo(...)

Former FAI CEO Fran Rooney with current CEO John Delaney. Rooney says the FAI need to reveal details of  a €5 million Fifa payment made out to them five years ago. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former FAI chief executive Fran Rooney says that the association must reveal the full details of the of the €5million Fifa payment made to the FAI in (...)

Liam Brady is reunited with his former manager and stereo repair man Giovanni Trapattoni. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Sporting life is a funny old thing: the highs stratospheric, the lows subterranean. Take Bobby Zamora. Time was he was serenaded, to the tune of That’(...)