Former Republic of Ireland international Richard Dunne pictured with regular TV3 analyst Kevin Kilbane, and anchor Tommy Martin.

In a world where some supporters can lose sleep over the fantasy teams they run, it seems natural to expect every player to want to become a manager b(...)

Graham Barrett: ‘What is most frustrating is that the reasons we are so far behind are as clear as day. Our structures are outdated and they have been failing us for a long time, yet we still dance around the subject and pretend that we are doing something, when the reality is that we are not doing nearly enough.’

I believe there are huge issues at grassroots/underage level within Irish football - issues that are either not given enough recognition, underplayed (...)

Blackrock’s James McGowan and Patrick Patterson with Conor Jennings and Peter Maher of Belvedere College in pursuit during the  Leinster Schools Senior Cup quarter-final at Donnybrook. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Blackrock College 10 Belvedere College 10 This was a Leinster Schools Senior Cup quarter-final to rank with any that have gone before it at Donnybro(...)

The inclusion of James McClean was the fairytale of the Giovanni Trapattoni’s selection for the 2012 tournament. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When Giovanni Trapattoni announced his squad to travel to Poland for the Euro 2012 finals, among the players left hoping for a miracle or an injury(...)

Tim Sherwood attempts to kick the match ball during his last game in charge of Aston Villa, against Swansea at Villa Park in the English Premier League, before being sacked by club owner Randy Lerner. Villa lost the match 1-2. Photograph: Scott Heavey/PA.

May Day 2010. Aston Villa awake this morning lying fifth in the Premier League. Villa are level on points with Tottenham, who are fourth. The goal (...)

Ireland players have rubbished suggestions made in an Argentinian newspaper that they were paid $10,000 each in return for Lionel Messi emerging from 2010’s friendly game at the Aviva unscathed. Photograph: Getty

Irish players involved in the friendly game against Argentina nearly five years ago have dismissed as “absolute nonsense,” a story in which it is sugg(...)

Arsenal’s  Danny Welbeck of Arsenal is challenged by Jordan Obita of Reading during the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

and Arsene Wenger has confirmed Danny Welbeck will miss the FA Cup final and England’s forthcoming matches against Republic of Ireland and Slovenia. (...)

Richard Dunne, in action here against Man City striker Sergio Aguero, will not have his contract renewed by Queens park Rangers. Photo:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Former Republic of Ireland international Richard Dunne is on the look out for a new club after the 35-year-old defender was one of six players let go (...)

Sergio Agüero celebrates after scoring Manchester City’s fourth goal fagainst QPR at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

When the endgame arrived, QPR politely ushered themselves out without barely a flicker of resistance. No arguing at the door, no recriminations or an(...)

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero clips the ball over QPR goalkeeper Robert Green as centre back Richard Dunne looks on during the    Premier League  match at Etihad Stadium. Photo: Nigel Roddis/EPA

Manchester City 6 QPR 0When the endgame arrived, QPR politely ushered themselves out without barely a flicker of resistance. No arguing at the door, n(...)