Chelsea and Manchester City both took in €181 million in television revenue in 2017. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

English Premier League created €500m in profit; League of Ireland drops two places in table to 35th

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O’Neill  at his first press conference at the City Ground. Photograph:   Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Former Ireland manager knows promotion to Premier League is his task at City Ground

Brian Kerr is among the trio set to meet with government politicians. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Pair, along with Redstrike CEO Mike Farnan, are hoping for an investment of €40 million

 Martin O’Neill has been named as the new Nottingham Forest manager. Photograph: PA

Former Republic of Ireland boss becomes the club’s 11th full-time boss since 2011

Alan Judge during a Republic of Ireland training session last May. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

He’s been largely restricted to substitute appearances in recent months for Brentford

Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill during their time in charge of the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Derry man has his work cut out to fulfil his remit of taking Forest back to the top tier

 Patrick Bamford of Leeds United. “He’s a goal-scorer; he’s a proven goal-scorer, technically a very good finisher, and we haven’t got that many.” Photograph:Getty Images

Hendrick, Long and Clark are among the Irish players to make their mark over weekend

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy at  the Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland awards for 2018 in a Dublin hotel. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Ireland manager hopeful Rice can be persuaded to stick with Ireland

Stephen Kenny at the Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland   awards at the Conrad Hotel in Dublin where he was won the Personality of the Year award. Photograph:   Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

New Ireland U21 boss takes award after leading Dundalk to double

Everton’s Séamus Coleman sat out their FA Cup tie against Lincoln on Saturday. Photo: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

Former Ireland midfielder says Everton full-back may have to change all-action style

Niall Quinn: ‘I think if we can put something in place that keeps the best young kids at clubs, League of Ireland clubs’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Former Republic of Ireland international sees it as means of nurturing young talent

Conor Shaughnessy in action for  Leeds United against Islam Slimani of Leicester City during a a Carabao Cup fourth-round  at The King Power Stadium in October,  2017. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Defender has played just one League Cup tie under Marcelo Bielsa

Newport goal scorer Padraig Amond celebrates after scoring the winning goal during the FA Cup third round match against Leicester City. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Striker says his next column for Carlow Nationalist will be written with a ‘sore head’

Dundalk have announced CEO Mal Brannigan is to leave club. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Former Sky Sports reporter Andy Burton could be set for recruitment role at club

Mick McCarthy has said he would build his Ireland team around West Ham’s Declan Rice. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty

19-year-old West Ham midfielder has yet to make decision over international future

Cillian Sheridan during his third and final Ireland appearance, against Argentina in 2010. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Well-travelled striker’s career takes latest twist as he swaps Poland for New Zealand

Waterford FC have announced the signing of Damien Delaney. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former Ireland defender spent the second half of last season with Cork City

Vinny Perth and Stephen Kenny celebrate Dundalk’s 2018 league title win. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Continuity the key for Lilywhites as management restructure is made official

Vinny Perth has been confirmed as Dundalk’s head coach, replacing Stephen Kenny. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Perth given role of head coach with former manager John Gill returning to Oriel Park

Kylian Mbappé  scores one of his two goals against Argentina in Kazan Photograph: EPA/Sergey Dolzhenko

Teenage wizardry in the seven-goal wonder of Kazan as Argentina bowed out

John Anderson in action for Ireland in 1987. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Newcastle defender was a part of Jack Charlton’s squad despite serious ankle injury

John Anderson in action against Brazil in 1987. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty Images

Irishman made Newcastle his home when he retired and covers their matches on radio

Shamrock Rovers chairman Joe Colwell (right) at the announcement that Liam Buckley was to take over as manager  in April 2002. Photograph:  Andrew Paton/Inpho

Club pays tribute to man who kept the club going during difficult times ahead of move to Tallaght

West Ham United’s Declan Rice  and Watford’s Ken Sema battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the London Stadium. Photograph:  Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Irish manager says: ‘I’d like to build a team around him and he could be a future captain’

 West Ham’s Declan Rice is expected to declare for Ireland. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

West Ham player could clear up international future before Christmas

 Raffaele Cretaro celebrates Sligo Rovers’ Premier League  title win after scoring twice against St Patrick’s Athletic at the Showgrounds in October 2012. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Tubbercurry man scored 86 goals in 531 appearances for the club

Republic of Ireland Under-21 manager Stephen Kenny has been handed a difficult qualifying group. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Only one team can qualify from group automatically for 2021 Euro Championships

Gary Dicker is hoping to stay top of the Scottish Premiership with Kilmarnock. Photo: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Table-toppers come up against Dicker’s boyhood club Celtic this weekend

Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifier away to Gibraltar will be held at the Victoria Stadium. Photograph: Marcos Moreno/AFP/Getty

Visitors likely to receive 300 allocation after confirmation tie won’t be moved to Algarve

FAI chief John Delaney at the Uefa Euro 2020 draw in the Convention Centre, Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Clubs from lower-ranked leagues, including most Irish sides, to be diverted to new league

Mick McCarthy with John Delaney at the draw for the Uefa European Championships at the  Convention Centre in  Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Danish and Swiss far from put out by Republic’s presence as a third seed in their group

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

More Irish teams likely to end up in a third competition rather than Europa League

Republic of Ireland assistant coach Terry Connor,  manager Mick McCarthy, FAI  CEO John Delaney and assistant coach Robbie Keane at the Euro 2020 European qualifier draw at the Convention Centre, Dublin. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Early games against Gibraltar and Georgia an opportunity for new managerial regime to bed in

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy at the draw for Euro 2020 qualification. Phootgraph: Sportsfile

Mick McCarthy’s team will face Switzerland twice in the closing stages of the campaign

Ireland Manager Mick McCarthy talks to Robbie Keane during the Euro 2020 draw. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Irish manager remembers the Swiss well from his final match in charge in 2002

Former Republic of Ireland internationals Kevin Sheedy  and Tony Galvin at  a Euro88 Republic of Ireland squad reception at the Mansion House in Dublin. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Winger was 22 when he joined Spurs but Republic of Ireland days remain fresh in his memory

Mick McCarthy: “I’ll take what comes as I always have done before and then see what I can do to deal with it.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland must excel from Pot 3 to avoid being among first host nations not to qualify

FAI high performance director Ruud Doktur with new Republic of Ireland U-21 manager Stephen Kenny. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

High performance director believes McCarthy and Kenny can herald a new era

The Leinster Senior League will decide Ballybrack FC’s punishment on Thursday after they faked  a player’s death in order to have a fixture postponed. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Ballybrack said Fernando Nuno La Fuente had died in car crash in order to get fixture postponed

Republic of Ireland’s new Under 21 manager Stephen Kenny at the Aviva Stadium on Monday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

New under-21s manager’s ambition is to get Ireland playing a better brand of football

Dundalk Manager Stephen Kenny celebrates with the Premier Division trophy. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Club disappointed with the way FAI dealt with poaching of 47-year-old manager

New Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Stephen Kenny speaks at a press conference along with high performance director Ruud Dokter. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Former Dundalk manager hopes to lead under-21 side to first ever major tournament

Stephen Kenny: will be unveiled as Ireland’s Under-21s coach on Monday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

As Dubliner groomed to succeed Mick McCarthy, Dundalk must look for replacement

Newly appointed Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy with his assistant Terry Connor and coach Robbie Keane at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

New manager says there will be a wider effort to add to the players between now and the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign in March

Newly appointed Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and  FAI chief executive John Delaney at a press conference in the  Aviva Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

John Delaney refers to the FAI’s ‘vision’ involving Mick McCarthy and Stephen Kenny

Terry Connor, John Delaney, Mick McCarthy and Robbie Keane at the unveiling of the new Ireland manager in Dublin on Sunday. Photo: FAI Twitter

Stephen Kenny will take on the under-21 job before replacing McCarthy after Euro 2020

Mick McCarthy has a track record of doing well with limited resources at clubs.

FAI moved quickly to bring back former manager with unveiling set to happen this weekend

Mick McCarthy: reports that a deal could be concluded by the weekend appear to be premature.  Photograph:  Joe Giddens/PA Wire

FAI will see Mick McCarthy as a proven option, while Chris Hughton rules himself out

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny celebrates the FAI Cup Final win over Cork City. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dundalk manager believes idea he would not command respect as ‘quite insulting’

Former Ireland manager Martin O’Neill speaks to his assistant Roy Keane. Photo: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Ireland manager could be sharp towards the media but was also very amicable at times

Financial decisions from the FAI ultimately saw the end of Martin O’Neill’s time as Ireland manager. Photo: Andrew Paton/Getty Images

Fear of failing to qualify for Euro 2020 prompted the association to make a change

Mick McCarthy is currently without a club and is heavily favoured to be named the next Ireland manager. Photo: Mark Cosgrove/Action Plus via Getty Images

A number of factors point to a second stint for McCarthy who left the job in 2002

Martin O’Neill’s five-year stint as Ireland boss is over. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

FAI confirm O’Neill’s five-year tenure is over along with Roy Keane

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill looks on during the Nations League draw with Denmark in Aarhus. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager believes he has been unfairly criticised and is still the man for the Ireland job

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill speaks to Michael Obafemi before the 18 year-old makes his debut against Denmark. Photograph: PA

‘We have had to tighten up defensively, now we have to fix things at the other end’

Netherlands’ defender Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring against Germany in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Getty Images

Dutch fight back to draw with Germany and qualify for last four at the expense of France

Ireland’s Michael Obafemi and Andreas Bjelland of Denmark in action in Aarhus. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill’s team go another 90 minutes without a goal in final Nations League game

Ireland’s Shane Duffy, Robbie Brady and Shaun Williams on the pitch in Aarhus before the Nations League meeting with Denmark. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A potential playoff place is still on offer if Wales and Denmark qualify automatically

 Republic of Ireland’s Callum O’Dowda in action with Jamal Lewis and Jonny Evans of Northern Ireland during the scoreless draw at the Aviva last week. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Manager says he would settle for a little more creativity and a few chances on goal tonight

Michael Obafemi during the Ireland training session at Ceres Park in Aarhus ahead of Monday night’s Nations League game against Denmark. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland boss describes idea he would cap player to avoid another saga ‘absolute lunacy’

Ireland head coach Jason Donohue speaks to players and staff. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

It’s a long road for Ireland’s next generation and success is very far from guaranteed

Martin O’Neill: “The bigger picture is the Euro qualifiers. There is no question about that.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland manager already choosing to look ahead to the European qualifiers

Michael O'Neill shakes hands with Ireland's Darren Randolph after the international friendly at the Aviva stadium. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O'Neill says side were disappointing going forward and guilty of sloppiness

Republic of Ireland striker Michael Obafemi shares a laugh with assistant manager Roy Keane  during training at Abbotstown. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Southampton striker’s agency release statement on his commitment to international side

Glenn Whelan and manager Martin O’Neill speak to the press. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Both of these sides are in dire straits in the Nations League and need a morale boost

Glenn Whelan during Ireland training ahead of the friendly international against Northern Ireland. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Midfielder had fair share of criticism over the years but committment never questioned

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Irish defender Matt Doherty picked up a facial injury during his team’s draw with Arsenal. Photograph: Getty Images

The full-back suffered a facial injury after being caught by an elbow against Arsenal

Ireland’s Robbie Brady poses for a picture with a young fan during training ahead of the friendly with Northern Ireland. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Midfielder has missed a lot of football with injuries but is now back and ready to go

PFAI general secretary Stephen McGuinness believes there could be potential positive impacts in the long-term for Ireland if the Premier League limits the number of foreign-born players allowed after Brexit. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

PFAI general secretary Stephen McGuinness says it could be a positive for domestic game

 Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Matt Doherty is a doubt for Thursday night’s match. Photograph: Reuters

Alan Browne is the only other doubt amongst the players in original, extended squad

Bohs’ goalkeeper Shane Supple has announced his retirement. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Bohemians goalkeeper had been named in this season’s PFAI team of the year

Michael Obafemi at Ireland squad training. “He has got a bit of pace, has got a wee bit something and I was quite impressed by him this morning,”  said O’Neill. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin-born Southampton striker eligible to declare for Ireland, England or Nigeria

Ireland captain Seamus Coleman says he understands James McClean’s issue with wearing a poppy. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland captain says he has no problem himself with wearing the poppy on his shirt

Michael Obafemi has retained his place in Martin O’Neill’s Ireland squad. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty

18-year-old Southampton striker qualifies for England and Nigeria as well as Ireland

Declan Rice waves to the crowd in the Aviva Stadium during an Ireland friendly against the USA in June. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Obafemi makes second first-team appearance for Southampton in a week

Terry Phelan and Maurice Setters at Windsor Park. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

When Northern Ireland hosted the Republic in a vital World Cup qualifier

Kyle Lafferty has been recalled to the Northern Ireland squad for the friendly against the Republic of Ireland and the Nations League   game against Austria. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Inpho/Presseye

Michael O’Neill brings Rangers striker back in after his late withdrawal from recent games

Declan Rice could have been committed to Ireland if he had come on against Moldova in the 2018 World Cup qualifier. Photo: Inpho

Manager says he respects James McClean's poppy stance and feels some sympathy

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill included four new players in the 36-man squad he announced. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manning and Obafemi the other new players included in O’Neill’s 36-man squad

Pat Fenlon is to take over as general manager of Linfield. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Declan Devine set for a return to Derry City managerial post

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny seemed to be struggling to contain the emotion of it all. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

‘There’s something about a cup final that is really euphoric in that instant,’ manager said

Dundalk’s Patrick McEleney scores their second goal of the game during the FAI Cup final win over Cork City. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In a close-fought Cup final the Lilywhites just about managed to emerge victorious

John Caulfield:  unlikely to stray too far from a game plan that has containing Dundalk’s more creative players as one its priorities. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

City aiming to complete a hat-trick of FAI Cup wins in the fourth final in a row between the rivals

 Peamount United got the better of Wexford Youths when the sides met in the League Cup final in September. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Ireland striker will miss Sunday’s showpiece against Peamount

Brian Gartland: “It was just taking that chance, taking that little chance of having any bit of success was what made my mind up to come here.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Dundalk stalwart recalls the decision that paid rich dividends – both on and off the pitch

FAI chief executive John Delaney and   IFA chief executive Patrick Nelson  in  Windsor Park,  Belfast, to  announce their intention to submit a joint bid to host the Uefa Under-21 Championship in 2023. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

FAI boss says he has raised the possible bid at Uefa level and is ‘very hopeful of success

The FAI’s John Delaney and IFA’s Patrick Nelson announce a joint bid to host the 2023 Under-21 Euros. Photograph: William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye

IRFU confirm Thomond Park and Ravenhill can be included as potential venues in the bid

Ireland’s Ryan Manning dejected after his side conceded an early goal to Germany during the recent European under-21 Championship qualifier. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

John Delaney may be about to deliver a first qualifying berth by securing the tournament

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny: “people love two teams really going at it with a view to trying to win the cup and bring it home. That has its own intrigue.”Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dundalk boss says west of Ireland provides more players than Dublin for his side

James McClean has released a statement asking supporters to respect his decision not to wear a poppy during Stoke City’s upcoming fixtures. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty

Winger asks supporters to respect his choice ahead of Middlesbrough and Forest games

Cork City manager John Caulfield: “A lot of injuries clear up in the week of a cup final.”  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

City to renew their rivalry with Dundalk this Sunday as they bid to secure third straight FAI Cup

Sligo Rovers have named Liam Buckley as their new manager. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Club say former St Patrick’s Athletic manager was their number one choice for post

Around 10 times the average has been bet on the game; 90% on Limerick to win

Keith Long: “Ultimately I’d like to get to a full-time position with the club, or in football, in this country. Bohemians have shown their faith in me by offering me this deal.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inppho

Ambitious boss hoping new contract will be another stepping-stone to future full-time role

FC Midtjylland’s Casper Tengstedt celebrates after scoring a penalty  in the Uefa Youth League first round second leg game against Bohemians at Dalymount Park. Photograph:  Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Ali Reghba’s penalty had put the Irish side ahead in the tie at half-time

Chris Shields has been nominated for the PFAI player of the year award along with his Dundalk team-mates Michael Duffy and Patrick Hoban. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Michael Duffy, Patrick Hoban and Chris Shields vie for player of the year

Harry Kenny has been named as the new manager of St Patrick’s Athletic. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Former Bray Wanderers boss was an assistant manager at the Inchicore club in 2013

Bohs Under-19s face Denmark’s FC Midtjylland in the Uefa Youth League on Wednesday night. Photograph: tom Beary/Inpho

Craig Sexton’s side looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit against Danish side at Dalymount

Georgie Kelly, who moved from UCD to Dundalk during the season,  has been named in the PFAI First Division team of the year. Photograph:    Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Goalkeeper named in the PFAI First Division team of the year; champions UCD lead way with four

Ireland’s Troy Parrott celebrates scoring against Bosnia & Herzegovina back in May. Photo: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

FAI boss will stick with Martin O’Neill, but he needs to address pipeline of future stars

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