Stephen kenny speaks to Troy Parrott during an Ireland under-21 training session. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

If under-21s qualify for Euro 2021 Stephen Kenny won’t even be the manager anymore

Republic of Ireland’s Alan Browne celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game during the friendly against Bulgaria in Dublin. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Mick McCarthy’s changed team struggled at times but improved towards the end

Conor Hourihane, Callum O’Dowda and Republic of Ireland assistant manager Robbie Keane at the FAI National Training Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mick McCarthy will make changes for friendly but real business comes next month

Ireland’s Jack Byrne and James Collins during training ahead of the friendly against Bulgaria on Tuesday. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Midfielder was left out of squad last week but hoping for his chance against Bulgaria

Aaron Connolly has been very impressive recently for the Ireland under-21s. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

‘Why on earth would I call them in? I just think that that would be wrong of me’

Bohemians’ Daniel Mandroiu at the FAI Cup first round match against Shelbourne at Dalymount Park, Dublin, in August. The stadium is to become more accessible to visually impaired people. Photograph: ©Inpho/Ryan Byrne

Bohemian Football Club and the National Council for the Blind have teamed up to make live games more accessible for supporters wit(...)

Luton Town striker  James Collins at  the  FAI National Training Centre in  Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

James Collins one of a number of players hoping to get a look in against Bulgaria

Ireland’s Aaron Connolly with Erjanik Ghubasaryan of Armenia during the under-21  European Championship qualifier at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph:Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Brighton player catches the eye when Ireland make it six points from six by beating Armenia

Ireland’s John Egan in training ahead of the friendly clash with Bulgaria in Dublin. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mick McCarthy is expected to make changes as Robinson and McGoldrick drop out

 Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy congratulates his players after the draw against Switzerland at Aviva Stadium.   Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Three-way battle to make the top two likely to come down to final game against Denmark

Troy Parrott of Republic of Ireland celebrates scoring a goal during the Euro 2020 under-21 qualifier against Armenia. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Spurs player netted the only goal of the game as under-21s made it two wins from two

 Gavin Kilkenny (left)  in action for  Bournemouth against Forest Green Rovers  during the recent Carabao Cup clash. Photograph: AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images

Bournemouth midfielder has impressed with his club since pre-season

Mick McCarthy: ‘I had to change the system a couple of times’. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Manager admits he had to chance formation a number of times against Swiss

David McGoldrick heads home Ireland’s equaliser against Switzerland. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sheffield United striker heads equaliser to keep Group D unbeaten record going

Jeff Hendrick: set to win his 50th cap for the Republic of Ireland against Switzerland at the Aviva. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic boss knows even a draw would provide a platform to press for a top two spot

Republic of Ireland midfielder Alan Judge in training. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ipswich midfielder plagued by injuries keen to play in Euro qualifier and earn seventh cap

 Granit Xhaka: “Technically we are better and so we will find the solution that works for us.” Photograph: Georgios Kefalas/EPA

Midfielder Xhaka bullish about facing what he sees as technically inferior opposition

New Ireland women’s manager Vera Pauw. Photograph: Harry How/Getty

Pauw has managed Scotland, Russia and her native Holland as well as earning 89 caps

David McGoldrick at Republic of Ireland squad training on Monday: ‘I want more and I feel good, I feel hungry and that’s the main thing.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Striker has reached promised land of Premier League, and hopes to score for Ireland

Ireland’s Katie McCabe celebrates scoring from the penalty spot  with Rianna Jarrett and Denise O’Sullivan during the European Championship qualifier against Montenegro at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Goals from Tyler Toland and Katie McCabe get Tom O’Connor’s side off to winning start

Jeff Hendrick during an Ireland training session at Abbotstown. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Midfielder says he’s been played out of position since European Championships

James McClean at Republic of Ireland Squad training at the FAI National Training Centre in  Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland player bemoans young stars spending more time on social media than on the pitch

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy: ‘All the lads that were in the team that I was really concerned about have gone and played.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Key players have some game time under their belts, says manager Mick McCarthy

Daryl Murphy has left Nottingham Forest to join Bolton Wanderers. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Irish striker one of nine players to join League One side before transfer window closes

Katie McCabe and Louise Quinn in action during a Republic of Ireland training session at Tallaght Stadium ahead of Tuesday night’s European Championship qualifier against Montenegro. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Opening opponents lost 10-0 to Germany at the weekend

 Callum Robinson celebrates scoring his first premier League goal for Sheffield United  in the game against Chelsea  at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Manager insists decision to leave out Southampton is purely down to lack of playing time

 St Patrick’s Athletic manager Stephen O’Donnell: ‘I have full confidence in my own ability and in whatever staff I bring in with me.’ Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

O’Donnell takes over from Harry Kenny after his disappointing year with club

James McCarthy has pulled out of the Republic of Ireland squad for Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Switzerland in Dublin. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Midfielder to remain at Crystal Palace as he looks to gain more first-team game time

Graham Burke heads home for Shamrock Rovers past Bohemians goalkeeper James Talbot  in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match against Bohemians at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Striker’s first-half header earns a first win in eight Dublin derbies against great rivals

Goalkeeper David Forde, Séamus Coleman and David Meyler during an Ireland training session in 2014. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Midfielder announced his retirement from competitive football at 30

Stephen Bradley: “I genuinely believe  we couldn’t be in better shape going into it. The squad is in great shape, we’re playing well, we’re scoring goals and conceding very few.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Hoops boss Bradley says his side in ‘great shape’ for latest clash with Gypsies

Former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr asked FAI general manager Noel Mooney  to stop contacting him after receiving two ’baffling’ emails. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Former international manager was queried about role as ‘media watchdog’

Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk poses with his trophies for Uefa’s Men’s Player of the Year and  Best Defender during the Champions League  group stages draw  in Monaco. Photograph:  Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

Dutch defender finishes well ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Shane Long has been left out of the Ireland squad for the Euro 2020 qualifier with Switzerland. Photo: Andrew Surma/NurPhoto via Getty Images

James McCarthy is in line to make his first international appearance since March 2017

 Stephen Dawson has said he will lose his home after Bury’s expulsion from the English Football League. Photograph:  Clint Hughes/Getty Images

Irish midfielder will lose his home as a result of club’s expulsion from the Football League

Niall Quinn has explained why he didn’t put his name forward for a place on the FAI board. Photograph:   Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Former Ireland striker explains why he turned down opportunity to be considered for board

 Southampton’s Michael Obafemi, seen here scoring in Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup tie against  Fulham  at Craven Cottage, has been called up for the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad for the European Championship qualifiers against Armenia and Sweden. Photograph:  James Chance/Getty Images

Trio of young strikers in line to play against Armenia and Sweden

 Michael Obafemi  celebrates scoring for Southampton  in the  Carabao Cup second-round match against  Fulham  at Craven Cottage. Photograph: James Chance/Getty Images

James McCarthy plays 90 minutes but Palace lose penalty shootout to Colchester

Shamrock Rovers’ Karl Sheppard challenges Jim Ervin of Linfield during the 2013 Setanta Cup. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kieran Lucid is to ask League of Ireland clubs to delay 2020 season as a first step in process

New Cork City head coach Neale Fenn was unveiled on Monday. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Former City striker left his job with Longford who are battling for First Division playoffs

The draw for the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup was condicted on Monday morning. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Crumlin United drawn to play Bohemians while holders Dundalk travel to Waterford

St. Patrick’s Athletic director of football Ger O’Brien with manager Harry Kenny. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager resigned on Saturday in the wake of the team’s Cup elimination at hands of UCD

Shamrock Rovers’ Aaron Greene celebrates scoring their first goal in the  FAI Cup second-round game against Drogheda United at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Stephen Bradley’s side too strong for Drogheda as they seal quarter-final slot

Mick McCarthy is hoping Jeff Hendrick gets some first-team action with Burnley ahead of Ireland’s European Championship qualifier against  Switzerland. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

‘Our main concern at the moment is still about players getting games ’ says Ireland manager

Neale Fenn: set to leave  Longford Town for the position of manager of  Cork City. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Interim boss John Cotter to bow out of role after Friday's FAI Cup tie with Galway

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley: “if you are not at your levels for any game you’ll get beat”. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Holders Dundalk are at Derry for what looks to be a tricky tie for the visitors

Michael ‘Locker’ Davis passed away on Thursday morning, announced a post on Cabinteely’s Twitter page. Photo: Cabinteely FC/Twitter

Pat Devlin described occasion as “an opportunity to remember a friend”

Jonathan Afolabi: “The boys have been very welcoming, the fans have been great as well, and I’m delighted to be part of this family now.”

‘This is a great club, with a great history, and a great place for me to be a part of’

Katie McCabe was at Tallaght Stadium for the official launch of  Boots Ireland’s three-year sponsorship of the Republic of Ireland women’s side.   Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Caretaker boss O’Connor in charge for Republic’s European Championship opener

 Daniel Carr celebrates scoring a goal for Shamrock Rovers. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

He moved to Cypriot club Apollon Limassol after impressing in European games

Collie O’Neill has parted company with UCD. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Students suffered 10-1 defeat to Bohemians at Dalymount Park

 Conor Hourihane of Aston Villa runs with the ball during the pre-season friendly match between RB Leipzig and Aston Villa. Photograph:  Matthias Kern/Getty Images

Premier League kick-off: Just nine players who started in the game in Ireland featured in the Premier League last season

Fifa president Gianni Infantino has hinted that World Cup hosting rules may be changed. Photo: Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images

Final decision on bid will depend on whether Fifa allows China to enter race, says FAI boss

FAI president Donal Conway, who was re-elected unopposed, despite Shane Ross telling Uefa and Fifa that everyone on the old board should go.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Association holding up its end of the bargain, says returning president following agm

FAI president Donal Conway (right), pictured with Noel Mooney, general manager for football services and partnerships at the agm in Trim, Co Meath. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Return to FAI board of John Earley puts the association at odds with sports minster again

Donal Conway: by April 15th he was sitting across a table from his long-time friend at an airport hotel, attempting to negotiate the first stage of Delaney’s exit from the organisation. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Long-time ardent supporter of Delaney now emerges as a beneficiary of the current crisis

 FAI vice president Noel Fitzroy is seeking re-election against   Gerry McAnaney of the Armed Forces and Waterford’s Paul Cooke. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Re-election of old board members would be an ‘Armageddon’ outcome for association

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley during the Europa League qualifier against Apollon Limassol. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Jack Byrne again inspired a comeback from the home side to take first leg lead

 Ireland player Troy Parrott in action for for his club Tottenham Hotspur, as they take on  Manchester United in  the International Champions Cup   at the Shanghai Hongkou Stadium   in Shanghai, China, on Thursday. Photograph: Di Yin/Getty Images

Manager welcomes James McCarthy’s expected move to Palace, so long as he is playing

 Roberto Lopes scores Shamrock Rovers’  second goal during the  Europa League second qualifying round first leg against Apollon Limassol at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin side will go to Cyprus in confident form despite early concession in Tallaght

Tottenham Hotspur’s Troy Parrott challenges for the ball with Manchester United’s  Chris Smalling  during the International Champions Cup match at the Shanghai Hongkou Stadium  in Shanghai, China. Photograph: Di Yin/Getty Images

Ireland boss says teenage striker will be a ‘shoo-in’ if he plays for Spurs in Premier League

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley: ‘We need to really focus for the whole game because they’re very dangerous.’ Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Rovers head into second qualifying round of Europa League without outgoing Trevor Clarke

Ireland U-21s manager  Stephen Kenny with Duleek Schoolboys/Girls FC on Wednesday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Under-21s manager says you can't allow FAI controversy to diminish your spirits

Pat Hoban celebrates scoring Dundalk’s equaliser against Qarabag at Oriel Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pat Hoban’s late header ensures Lilywhites head to Azerbaijan level

Noel Mooney, FAI general manager, speaking at a press conference at Ratoath Harps in Ratoath, Co. Meath. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Current interim general manager didn’t rule out going for chief executive role permanently

Dundalk players at a training session ahead of their Champions League qualifying clash with Qarabag. Photo: Ciaran Culligan /Inpho

Manager says his side can score and take something to Azerbaijan next week

Ireland’s Lee O’Connor is among the players missing for the under-19s European Championship semi-final against Portugal. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Tom Mohan is forced to make changes for Portugal clash with key duo missing

FAI headquarters: There has been talk of redundancies for a couple of months around Abbotstown although estimates of the numbers that might be involved have varied. Photograph: Inpho

President determined to defy Government wishes and stand for re-election to the post

Donal Conway: said the FAI members’ vote showed  “real appetite for change, its real appetite for reform to start”.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘We wanted to signal that FAI members overwhelmingly back reform’

FAI president Donal Conway: “It was almost a complete majority. It was resounding and it shows that there is a real appetite for change.”

Governance Review Group recommendations pass by 116 votes to just two

Shamrock Rovers’ Jack Byrne celebrates after the Europa League qualifier against SK Brann. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former Manchester City midfielder was key in Shamrock Rovers’ win over SK Brann

Shamrock Rovers’ Jack Byrne celebrates scoring their first goal. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Midfielder provides crucial moments in win at Tallaght, they face Apollon Limassol next

Bohemians’ Daniel Mandroiu in action against UCD. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Having won the game 1-0 on the night, UCD have now been awarded a 3-0 victory

 Donal Conway speaking during the FAI Cup first round draw  at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. He has been  nominated unopposed to retain his position as FAI president. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Sports minister Ross makes his opposition clear in a letter to the long-serving official

Dundalk boss Vinny Perth remains hopeful that Michael Duffy will be in Latvia in time for Wednesday’s second leg against Riga. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Duffy delayed Latvia departure to be present at birth of first child

FAI general manager Noel Mooney said Niall Quinn’s involvement with the association  could be “of benefit to Irish football”. File photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Two-day seminar discussing future of domestic game regarded as ‘hugely positive’

IFK Norrkoping’s Jordan Larsson, son of former Celtic striker Henrik, in action against St Patrick’s Athletic. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

It’ll require a remarkable turnaround for St Patrick’s to overturn things next Thursday

Liam Scales is on the verge of a move to Bristol Rovers. Photograph: Inpho

He said his goodbyes to the rest of the squad last weekend but transfer not completed

 Callum Robinson has been given permission to leave Preston. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Barcelona have confirmed the signing of 16 year-old Louie Barry from West Brom

The Aviva Stadium will host four fixtures at Euro 2020. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

First phase ballot for games - including four staged in Dublin - closes on Friday lunchtime

Sean Gannon sees a cross blocked during Dundalk’s goalless draw with Riga. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Defender says onus will be on Latvian side in the second leg

Ireland unde-19 manager Tom Mohan. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Tom Mohan has lost some key players, such as Troy Parrott, to club commitments

St Patrick’s Athletic manager Harry Kenny: ‘They won’t like coming to Richmond, which is a tight pitch.’ Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Manager Harry Kenny wary of Norrkoping striker Larsson who takes after his father

Dundalk’s Sean Hoare tackles Roman Debelko of Riga FC. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Vinny Perth’s side now travel to Latvia with work to do

Dundalk head coach Vinny Perth during training ahead of their Champions League first qualifying round clash with Riga. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Vinny Perth fondly remembers his exploits with Longford when he was a player

The USA lifting  the  Women’s World Cup  after the team beat  the Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 7th. Photograph:  Alex Grimm/Getty Images

Both teams may not have permanent coach in place if ‘victory tour’ game goes ahead

Donal Conway: “[It’s] necessary that this element of the business of the agm be adjourned until such time as the accounts are finalised . . .” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Accounts are traditionally sent to clubs and affiliates a couple of weeks before the agm

Former FAI CEO John Delaney has been replaced in one of the roles he held at Uefa. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former CEO of FAI seems to be increasingly marginalised at European organisation

Glentoran’s Michael Halliday challenges Derry’s Barry Molloy in the Setanta Cup in 2007, the last all-island tournament. File photograph:  Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Kieran Lucid believes 34-club two-tier structure could generate €10m per year

Linfield’s Michael Gault tackles Derry City’s Ciaran Martyn in the Setanta Cup at, Windsor Park in 2006. The last major cross-Border tournament ended in 2014.  File photograph: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Businessman hopes proposal with emphasis on grounds and marketing can reshape Irish game

FAI HQ in Abbotstown: Morale among the staff is said to be, understandably, at a low ebb. Photograph: Inpho

The proposed make-up of the new board and council set to be a key issue for all parties

Cork City’s Turner’s Cross home has a capacity of around 7,000. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Dundalk could face Qarabaq in Champions League

Qarabag in action against Chelsea at the Baku Olympic stadium in the 2017 Champions League. Photograph: Getty Images

If they lose to Riga they could face BATE Borisov in the Europa League

John Mountney and Dundalk have been drawn to play FC Riga in the Champions League qualifiers. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

League of Ireland champions will head to Spain to prepare for a pivotal few weeks

Vinny Perth’s Dundalk will play FC Riga in the first round of the Champions Legaue qualifiers. Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Perth’s side get favourable draw, three Irish sides learn Europa fate

Vinny Perth: “We’re in a good place going into this stage of the season but Europe is a step up.” Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Dundalk are aiming to continue impressive form previously shown on the big stage

Noel Mooney. Photograph: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Delaney’s temporary successor says fan in him is ‘angry’ about state of league

Danny Mandroiu lets fly to score Bohemians’  second goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match against Shamrock Rovers at  Dalymount Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Keith Long’s side keep up their dominance over cross-city rivals in thrilling derby

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley:  Rovers are without Aaron McEneff and Sam Bone, but Seán Kavanagh is fit to start again. Photograph: Ryan Byrne

Hosts hit by under-21s schedule, giving Stephen Bradley’s side a chance to close the gap

Ireland assistant coach Robbie Keane has taken up the same role at Middlesbrough alongside Jonathan Woodgate. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland assistant joins former teammate Jonathan Woodgate at Championship club

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