Dundalk are guaranteed at least €550,000 for participation in the Champions League this season. Photograph:  Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Dundalk are guaranteed at least €550k or over €1m if they get through to third qualifying round

An animated Republic of Ireland manager, Martin O’Neill, during Sunday’s European Championship 2016 Qualifier against Poland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Manager not keen to have another friendly ahead of crucial European qualification encounter

The Ireland players line up before kick-off in the 1-1 draw with Poland at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday night. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill’s men are the worst performing second seeds in the qualifiers

Shay Given and his team-mates salute the crowd at the end of the game at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Veteran goalkeeper stresses the belief in the squad that point gained could prove crucial

Shane Long wheels away in celebration after scoring the Republic of Ireland equaliser against Poland in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifying game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Poland left holding on as Martin O’Neill’s side fights back from a goal down at the Aviva

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

Mind games get going as opposite number Adam Nawalka expects to face 4-4-2

Roy Keane takes on the Poland defence in Poznan in 1991. Photograph: Alan Betson/Inpho

There are many reasons why countries have met so often and not all are football ones

Robbie Keane being put through his paces ahead of the Poland game. LA-based striker should be more involved than last outing in Glasgow. Photograph: Donnall Farmer/Inpho

Bullish Martin O’Neill concedes ‘it’s a tough old group we’re in, but we’re going for it’

Stephen Ward (2nd from right) in training on Friday with fellow Republic of Ireland squad members   Cyrus Christie, Wes Hoolahan and Harry Arter. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Burnley left back and James McClean both trained with Ireland squad on Friday

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane briefs the assembled media at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Assistant manager confident that Glen Whelan and Robbie Brady ready for game

Robbie Brady training with the Republic of Ireland squad at  Gannon Park in  Malahide. He could be in line for a starting place against Poland. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Wigan winger’s ankle problem can open the door to a place for fit-again Hull City player

Dane Massey celebrates David McMillan’s opening goal for Dundalk against Bohemians at Dalymount Park last night. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Iinpho

Goals from David McMillan, Jake Kelly and Darren Meenan seal a 3-0 victory

David Forde is happy to have competition from Shay Given for the Ireland number one jersey. Photograph: Inpho

Millwall goalkeeper pleased to have Ireland break away from struggling club

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

Burnley defender faces ankle procedure as he sits out first Republic training session

Shay Given is looking to reclaim the Ireland number one shirt from David Forde Photograph: Inpho

Aston Villa ’keeper happy to play his part but looking to displace David Forde ahead of Poland

Stephen Ward is a major doubt for Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland. Photograph: Inpho

Burnley left back has suffered recurrence of ankle injury which has seen him miss three months

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish: was named under-21 player of the year at the 3-sponsored FAI International awards. Photograph: Reuters

John O’Shea says he feels ‘very privileged’ to be named senior player of the Year at FAI International awards.

Fifa have declared a profit on the 2014 World Cup of about €2.2 billion on total revenues of €4.44 billion. Photograph: Ennio Leanza/Keystone

Surplus enables governing body to boost ‘solid level of reserves’ to €1.4bn

Jamie Carragher played 508 English Premier League games for Liverpool over 17 seasons.

Champions League qualification a must in terms of future progress according to former defender

Cork City’s Darren Dennehy and Pat Cregg of Shamrock Rovers during the Airtricity League 0-0 draw. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Southerners got plenty of men behind the ball with some rudimentary defending

Fifa will make major concessions to clubs after the announcement the 2022 World Cup final will be held on December 18th. Photograph: Afp

Payments to clubs will be trebled to €200 million as governing body look to atone for disruption

Paul Ince wonders about an emerging generation who, he feels, are so coached in specialist roles that they fail to develop into the more rounded midfielders. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former West Ham midfielder recalls being taught a lesson by Liam Brady

Dan Murray: The Cork City defender is back in contention for his side’s visit to Shamrock Rovers. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Liam Buckley admits his side have ‘still a few things to work on’

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has had to placate a number of national associations over the scheduling of the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar. Photograph: Reuters.

Tournament in 2022 set to be shorter and conclude one week before Christmas in Doha

Keith Fahey on leaving St Patrick’s Athletic for Sharmrock Rovers: “I’m just happier here to be honest. There was a decision to be made at the end of last season and I feel I have made the right one.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland midfielder admits ge did not enjoy his third stint with St Patrick's Athletic

The Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Keane sits third in the Uefa list of all time national goalscorers. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

LA Galaxy star is still closing in on Miroslav Klose ahead of Poland Euro 2016 qualifier

 Martin O’Neill: “There’s a fairly decent chance he might have had a few caps for us before he actually makes his debut for England considering the way he’s playing but he said he wanted to play for England and that has remained the same. Fine, if that’s the case.”

Any slim hope Tottenham’s Harry Kane may have plumped for Republic is dashed

Derry City manager Peter Hutton.

Peter Hutton clearly pleased to be sitting on three points

Harry Arter of Bournemouth: “I knew in the back of my mind I’d get a chance to play at international level for Ireland.” Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Bournemouth paid just €5,000 for him and now he’s an international

Robbie Brady desperately wants to play against Poland and has been named in the Irish squad despite carrying an injury. Phootgraph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill will give Hull City player every opportunity to prove fitness

 Martin O’Neill will name his squad for the European qualifier with Poland on Thursday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Robbie Brady the only likely injury absentee from O’Neill’s squad for Poland match

Niall Keown, son of Arsenal defender Martin, is on the Ireland Under 21 squad. Photograph: David Price/Getty Images

Niall Keown, son of England and Arsenal defender, among two newcomers in Noel King’s squad

 Cork City manager John Caulfield: “We haven’t set the place alight in preseason, but as I keep saying you don’t win anything in preseason; we have to go out and perform and that is the challenge for us.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Leesiders travel to Sligo while Limerick face Bohemians in Airtricity League

Danny North’s goal was the difference for Shamrock Rovers against St Pat’s. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Danny North goal the difference in a scrappy encounter in Tallaght

Stephen Kenny: will be looking for a winning start to the new Premier League season at Oriel Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tough opening test for newly-promoted Town as they face formidable champions

SSE Airtricity League Launch, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 27/2/2015Pictured (L-R) Jason Byrne of Bohemians, David Cassidy of Bray Wanderers, Michael Slingerman of Drogheda United, Stephen O'Donnell of Dundalk, Shane Duggan of  Limerick FC, Keith Ward of Sligo Rovers, Conor Kenna of Shamrock Rovers, Ger O'Brien of St. Patrick's Athletic, John Dunleavy of Cork City, Mark Sammon of Longford Town, Paul Sinnott of Galway United and Ryan McBride of Derry CityMandatory Credit �INPHO/Cathal Noonan

In an insecure time for players, the good news is that clubs are more financially stable

Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke arrives for a meeting in Doha  with the Fifa taskforce, including officials from football’s global governing body, top leagues and players’ representatives, to discuss moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter due to scorching summer temperatures in the Gulf state. Photograph: Getty Images

Leagues unhappy but scramble has already started to secure compensation for switch

Robbie Keane of LA Galaxy is challenged by Keith Fahey of Shamrock Rovers during the match in Tallaght. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Keane can’t quite cap homecoming with goal

FAI CEO John Delaney, at 47, won’t be affected by the age limit for senior council members for a while yet.

Council members will be able stay on until 75

Robbie Keane: “The Euros in 2012 is something you want to forget about. I don’t think about it too much but look, I just want to do my best for the country, if that’s getting to another Euros then great.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Euro 2016 may provide platform to end international career on a high, says Ireland captain

The Greater Manchester Police has confirmed that Roy Keane was interviewed following a reported altercation with a taxi driver in Altrincham town centre in Manchester in January which led to police being called. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Republic of Ireland assistant manager questioned after alleged taxi driver altercation

  Damien Duff’s (right) Melbourne City career in doubt after injury.  Photograph:  Graham Denholm/Getty Images

Andy Keogh forced to apologise after his arrest for incident outside Adelaide nightclub

Robbie Keane: has welcomed the idea of Kevin Doyle joining him in the MLS if he joins Colorado Rapids. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Troublesome knee injury caused Mark Hughes to rest the striker in midweek

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill will be desperate for home wins against Poland and Scotland. Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill’s side now 67th, which is only three above their lowest ever position

Kevin Doyle delaying move. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Seán St Ledger awaits news from Orlando City after 45 minutes against Toronto

Sky have agreed  to fork out €5.36 billion over the three seasons starting in August of next year for 378 Premier League games. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Predictions of 50% hike fall short as media giants hit with 71% increase for games

Séamus Coleman joined English Premier League side Everton from Sligo Rovers in 2009. Photograph: PA.

Regular European football a must for full back according to Manchester United legend

Damien Duff and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in 2005. The Dubliner says the Portuguese coach is the best in the business. Photograph: Reuters

‘He’s a genius when it comes to motivation . . . For me, he ticks every box’

Assistant Republic of Ireland manager Roy Keane will be back on TV screens on ITV’s Champions League coverage. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Champions League final comes day before Ireland’s friendly with England in Dublin

Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Noel King. Photograph:  Noel Geraghty/Inpho

Manager Noel King confident his side can get something from all teams in group

Limerick FC benefactor has been forced to bow to the game that just keeps on taking

Eoin Doyle joined Cardiff on deadline day after scoring 25 goals for Chesterfield this season. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Cardiff striker hopes to keep scoring as midfielder seeks first-team action

Eoin Doyle: he has scored 25 goals in all competitions for League One outfit Chesterfield this season. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Wicklow's Paul Heffernan signs for Dundee as Hibernian contract ends by mutual consent

Martin O’Neill on Roy Keane: “I’m not so sure that Seamus Coleman is actually concerned this morning about whether Roy has had some sort of altercation with a taxi man in Manchester.” Photograph: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Ireland manager says team appreciate Keane and are unaffected by stories

Police are investigating an alleged road rage incident involving former Roy Keane. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA

Taxi driver claims altercation occurred after telling the Irish man to ‘smile’

 Eddie Gormley  is assembling a squad that will be completely amateur. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Newest members of league eventually hope to bring through some schoolboy graduates

Seán St Ledger previously said he would consider a move to the League of Ireland in order to get back playing again. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO Seán St Ledger previously said he would consider a move to the League of Ireland in order to get back playing again. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Republic of Ireland defender moves to MLS after failing to find a deal in England

The Blackrock Rugby grounds at Stradbrook. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cabinteely expected to get green light to enter SSE Airtricity League by end of next week with rugby ground as their home

Derry City manager Peter Hutton. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Martin O’Neill to check on Darren O’Dea’s form for Blackpool

Brian McCarthy has worked with the Ireland team since 2003, but has decided to pursue a new challenge in Sydney. Photograph: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

The Kerryman has seen big changes in analysis in his time with the national side

Nottingham Forest’s Andy Reid: has undergone surgery to try and address a persistent groin injury. Photo: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Injury to keep the Republic of Ireland midfielder sidelined for another six weeks

Stephen Dawson: “The day was a whirlwind, I was taken away in handcuffs to a local police station and for the next 18 or 19 hours I was questioned about the accusations.” Photograph: Pete Norton/Getty Images

Midfielder happy nine-month nightmare over ‘spot-fixing’ allegations is over

Dalymount Park: long regarded as the spiritual home of domestic football in the Republic of Ireland.

Under the new plan, Bohemians and Shelbourne would share the redeveloped ground

 Republic of Ireland International Stephanie Roche walks past Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at the Fifa Ballon d’Or awards in Zurich. Photograph: Valeriano Di Domenico / Inpho

Real Madrid superstar vows to get better as he claims Ballon d’Or for third time

Stephanie Roche: up against Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie and Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez as she battles for top Fifa award. Photo:Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Republic of Ireland international’s superb goal a worthy contender for Ferenc Puskas trophy

 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill with Dundalk FC manager and SSE Airtricity SWAI Personality of the Year Stephen Kenny at  The Conrad Hotel, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin. Photograph: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

League-winning Dundalk manager almost quit the game after Shamrock Rovers dimissal

Stephen Bradley: “I’m glad they’ve chosen to see what the options might be out here and it would be nice if one or two of them got offers good enough to tempt them away.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Fifpro tournament offers a chance for Stephen Bradley’s side to impress

Eamonn Dargan, who has run his 100th marathon.

Eamonn Dargan went from being a couch potato to a runner with 100 marathons under his belt

Stephanie Roche. ‘We are going to get to Switzerland a little bit earlier because I want to savour as much of it as possible’   Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy / Sportsfile

Irish striker and Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez are neck and neck for goal of the year

Sue Ronan: preparing her squad for the forthcoming European qualifying campaign. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Stephanie Roche to join up with squad after her trip to Zurich for Puskas award

Robbie Keane wants to keep scoring goals and prove to Martin O’Neill he should be Ireland’s first-choice striker. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

LA Galaxy striker admits he needs rest and move would not make sense on medical grounds

Bray Wanderers manager Alan Mathews thinks it will be an interesting time for the club. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

The Seasiders have the backing of the McGettigan group after takeover

Shamrock Rovers midfielder Stephen McPhail has signed a contract extension with Shamrock Rovers.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Former Ireland international looking forward to teaming up with Keith Fahey

 Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny celebrates winning the league title after the final whistle against Cork City. Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho

Stephen Kenny’s tale of redemption wasn’t lost on many as his side bridged a 19-year gap

Coach Daniel Lambert looks on as prisoners train on the outdoor pitch at Mountjoy Prison in  Dublin. Photo: Eric Luke

Prisoners up for the challenge in Conway Cup game against Shangan/Sandyhill

 Republic of Ireland’s John O’Shea (left) celebrates with (r-l) Jeff Hendrick, James McClean and Jon Walters after his  equaliser in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

The university professor and all those students who conduct Germany’s opponent analysis didn’t have this one covered

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill (right) revealed that Keane had talked to him a couple of weeks back about the difficulty he was experiencing as he tried to juggle both roles and  welcomed that he had decided to stick with the Irish job. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager Paul Lambert not aware of Corkman’s intentions until the pair spoke Friday morning, says club

 Roy Keane  and Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert look on from the bench prior during last Monday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton at Villa Park. Photograph:  Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Quitting Aston Villa role unlikely to bring him back to managerial centre stage anytime soon

Roy Keane has stepped down from his role at Aston Villa. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Republic of Ireland assistant manager said he could no longer balance the two roles

Stephen Bradley signed for Arsenal when he was 15. Photograph: Ray Cullen

Dubliner admits money was at the root of failure to reach potential

FAI chief executive John Delaney: was recently awarded a contract extension to 2020. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Board ’more than pleased’ with running of the Association

 FAI chief executive   John Delaney. Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Uncertainty remains over who instructed London firm to contact major newspapers

FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Guardian threatened with legal action if they identified FAI chief executive in Youtube clip

Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Delaney filmed singing ballad about IRA hunger strikers in Dublin pub last week

Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill and his backroom team. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Like the manager, Roy Keane now has some quiet time to ponder what 2015 might hold

Marginalised under Trap, Hoolahan has been very much a part of O’Neill’s plans

The flyers and the flops during the manager’s first 12 months

Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Brady (centre) celebrates with team-mates David Meyler (right) and Cyrus Christie after scoring his side’s fourth goal against teh USA. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Hull City man delighted to take his chance to shine with two goals against the USA

Daryl Murphy and Anthony Pilkington celebrate the latters opening goal against the USA at the Aviva Stadium tonight

Martin O'Neill's side cruise to victory after rampant finish but questions remain

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane at international squad training at Gannon Park, Malahide. Photograph: Inpho. Republic of Ireland Squad Training, Gannon Park, Malahide, Dublin 17/11/2014Assistant manager Roy KeaneMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Ireland manager gives Everton ‘benefit of doubt’ over treatment of Coleman and McCarthy

Alex Pearce and Stephen Quinn during Ireland’s training session in Malahide. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill bemoans negativity and says position after Scotland loss still healthy

Martin O’Neill reminded reporters today that he initially brought Roy Keane into the set-up and he remains happy with his input, as are the players. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Both the Irish manager and John O’Shea have rallied behind Keane following his comments on Everton and Jack Grealish yesterday

Roy Keane: Ireland’s assistant manager suggested that most of the squad are fielding calls from club physios while they are with Ireland. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Assistant manager says importance of international games must be understood

Sean St Ledger’s proposed deal with Huddersfield Town fell through in August. Photograph: Giuseppe Cacace/Getty Images

Former Ireland defender left without a club is ‘frustrated’ and ‘anxious’ to play again

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane at  press conference at the team hotel. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland assistant manager refuses to answer question on issue

Assistant Republic of Ireland manager Roy Keane at a press conference at the  Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links, Dublin. Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

Assistant Ireland boss says dropped striker Robbie Keane ‘as good a professional as I have come across’

Republic of Ireland Assistant Manager Roy Keane attracted the attention of the referee during the Uefa Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland at Celtic Park.

O’Neill’s side produced a dissapointing performance in a scrappy but absorbing encounter in Glasgow

Robbie Keane with manager Martin O’Neill at Celtic Park yesterday. For many of those who will cheer the visitors on and one or two who will be more closely involved  than that, there is  a slight sense of home about the place. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The supporters, the history and the venue make for a special backdrop tonight

European Championship qualifier  between Republic of Ireland and Scotland on February 18th, 1987. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

27 years ago Mark Lawrenson scored the winner against Scotland

Richard Keogh of the Republic of Ireland beats Steven Naismith of Scotland to the ball during the European qualifier at Celtic Park. Photograph: Getty.

‘I think we were surprised that we were the only ones trying to play’ – Scotland’s Chris Martin

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill with assistant Roy Keane during a training session in Malahide earlier this week. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Incident at team hotel is another distraction for Ireland as they prepare to face Scotland

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