George Byers reacts after missing a chance in Watford’s goalless draw with Southampton at Vicarage Road. Photograph: Afp

Watford 0 Southampton 0 There are some afternoons that you never get back. This was one of them. Étienne Capoue, however, will be happy to (...)

Bournemouth’s Eunan O’Kane has been named in martin O’Neill’s provisional 37-man squad for next month’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia. Photograph: PA

As he named a hugely extended squad for next month’s European Championship qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia, Republic of Ireland manager Marti(...)

Southampton striker  Shane Long gets above Newcastle’s Daryl Janmaat to head home the equalising goal during the   Premier League match at  St James’ Park. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Newcastle 2 Southampton 2 At the final whistle Steve McClaren strode out to the centre circle to applaud his new public. The politely understated way (...)

Shane Long of Southampton celebrates after scoring to make it 3-0 during the first leg against Vitesse at St Mary’s Stadium on July 30th. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Southampton may boast a convincing advantage against Vitesse Arnhem, but manager Ronald Koeman says it would be “crazy” to jeopardise their Europa Lea(...)

 Shane Long heads home  Southampton’s  third goal in the Uefa Europa League third qualifying round match against Vitesse at St Mary’s. Photograph: Gerry Penny/EPA

Europa League third qualifying round: Southampton enjoyed a dream return to continental football as they beat Vitesse Arnhem 3-0 to secure a first Eur(...)

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(...)

Unfortunately for Martin O’Neill his selections and plans have scarcely worked apart from periods against weak Georgia and awful Gibraltar.

A chance for redemption then. After our defeat at Celtic Park back in November, I questioned whether our midfielder players – Jeff Hendrick and Darron(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill gives his orders during squad training at Gannon Park, Malahide, ahead of the Group D Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland at the Aviva stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters.

If team spirit is an illusion glimpsed in the moment of victory, then you could say the same thing about managerial ability. When you win you’ve got i(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill answers questions from the media at a squad training session at Gannon Park in Malahide. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Irish players will take a break from the build-up to the Scotland game today, with Martin O’Neill allowing them time with their families after (...)

England’s Jordan Henderson battles for the ball with the Republic of Ireland’s Aiden McGeady during the international friendly at The Aviva Stadium. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

Decisions, decisions. A damp squib is better than the fire and brimstone of 1995 but this scoreless draw with England proves the overall plan and shap(...)