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Anthony Barry mixes his main job as first-team coach with Chelsea as one of Stephen Kenny’s coaches with the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Attila Trenka/Inpho

The team that Stephen Kenny continues to shape and build should take another evolutionary leap tonight at the Aviva stadium. Qatar’s visit is a precio(...)

Callum Robinson celebrates scoring one of his two goals  with Adam Idah and Daryl Horgan during the World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan in Baku. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

We already knew Ireland’s 2021 Goal of the Year contest was going to be better than the 2020 edition before Callum Robinson smashed in that brilliant (...)

Stephen Kenny applauds the travelling Irish fans following the victory over Azerbaijan in Baku. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Blind faith in the Stephen Kenny project was never going to suffice. A 3-0 ransacking of Azerbaijan in their cavernous, practically empty Olympic st(...)

Ireland’s Callum Robinson celebrates one of his two goals which helped secure victory over  Azerbaijan in the World Cup clash  at Baku’s Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Azerbaijan 0 Republic of Ireland 3 After last Tuesday’s notorious press conference diluted Callum Robinson’s relations with the Irish media, the We(...)

Callum Robinson starts for Ireland after a controversial week for the West Brom attacker. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Aaron Connolly has been dropped for this evening’s World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan at the Olympic stadium in Baku as Republic of Ireland manage(...)

Callum Robinson has twice contracted Covid-19 but refuses to be vaccinated. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Despite the Irish camp being severely disrupted by Covid-19 since Stephen Kenny took over in September 2020, and despite Callum Robinson only recoveri(...)

Joe Kendrick during his time at Bray Wanderers in 2011. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

When investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova began reporting on the family wealth of Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliyev - including his daughter’s (...)

 Irish striker Adam Idah in action against Liverpool at Carrow Road. Photograph: Getty Images

In complete contrast to previous Republic of Ireland regimes, direct media messaging has become Stephen Kenny’s weapon of choice to help secure contra(...)

 Former West Germany goalkeeper Hans Tilkowski (Centre L), Bahram Bahramov (C) and former England striker  Geoff Hurst stand by the statue of the 1966 World Cup final linesman Tofiq Bahramov  in Baku, Azerbaijan. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

In most countries the most revered figure in football is a player. In some it will be a manager and in a handful it might even be a referee. But in on(...)

The Republic of Ireland squad training ahead of their clash with  Azerbaijan at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Republic of Ireland v Azerbaijan Aviva Stadium, 5pm (live RTÉ Two and Sky Sports Football) No Irish team has ever gained so much belief from so dev(...)

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