Denmark’s Christian Eriksen in action in Saturday’s World Cup play-off first leg match against Ireland in Copenhagen. Photograph: Lars Moeller/Reuters

It’s not that long ago that Irish hackles used to rise when a foreign manager – usually Germany’s Joachim Löw – was asked to analyse the Ireland team (...)

United manager José Mourinho during the match against Chelsea. Photograph: EPA

There were 62 minutes on the clock at Stamford Bridge when Henrikh Mkhitaryan looked with hollow defeated eyes towards the sideline and saw that his n(...)

 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: “When he senses the players are getting a little stale, he likes to remind them that they all started playing the sport not for money or fame, but for love.” Photograph: Armando Babani/EPA

Half an hour after Spurs had lost to Manchester United, Mauricio Pochettino was invited to blame the defeat on Harry Kane’s absence. “If Dele Alli s(...)

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp: “I really don’t want to blame players, and Dejan to be honest was not worse than others.” Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

The worst part of a coach’s job is that moment after a heavy defeat when you have to go in front of the cameras and the journalists and explain how yo(...)

Jose Mourinho: “For me, the second half was a bit of chess, but my opponent didn’t open the door for me to win the game.” Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

At a quarter to three on Saturday afternoon, Jurgen Klopp summed up Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Manchester United. United wanted one point and got it, L(...)

Ireland’s David Meyler and James McClean tackle Joe Allen of Wales resulting in  the Welsh midfielder  leaving the pitch through injury in Cardiff. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There have been times in 2017 when Martin O’Neill’s Ireland team have been hard to watch, but it turns out they are even harder to kill. This team fig(...)

Martin O’Neill: has managed to coax a big performance from his side on previous occasions when the chips were down. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters

Ireland have been through a few do-or-die games in Martin O’Neill’s time in charge – the qualifier against Germany in the Euro 2016 campaign, the play(...)

  Callum O’Dowda could become a big player for this team in the near future. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The major intrigue of the week in Irish football was the FAI’s decision to agree a two-year contract extension with Martin O’Neill two games before th(...)

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill agreed a new deal to stay on as manager until the 2020 European Championships. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There have been many cases in Irish sport of managers getting new contracts just before things went wrong at a major tournament in a way that made it (...)

Empty seats: Barcelona played Las Palmas at  Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain.  Photograph: Reuters/Albert Gea

By midday Spanish time yesterday, everyone following the images from Catalonia could see that the violence of the Spanish police in attempting to supp(...)