Mick McCarthy: Why isn’t he appreciated more in Ireland? Is it the gruff Yorkshire accent and  ways– or is it the lasting  legacy of his famous Saipan rift with Roy Keane. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

It’s a hobbyhorse of mine that the sole reason Mick McCarthy hasn’t been clasped more firmly to Ireland’s sporting bosom is his accent. On Saturday t(...)

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 (...)