Brian Kerr: “I don’t have an ideal job [in mind] and I’m not setting myself up for a job. I’ve had previous offers in football and not taken any of them.” Photograph:   Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Having spent 15 years on the outside peering in, Brian Kerr had plenty of pointers for Roy Barrett when he accepted a recent invitation to meet with t(...)

Dundalk celebrate winning the SSE Airtricity League cup at  Oriel Park, Co Louth on  October 25th. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It is hard to argue with the bookies’ assessment that the 2020 Airtricity League title race will be another two-horse affair. And, if Shamrock Rovers (...)

Troy Parrott scores against Sweden in an under-21 European Championship qualifier at Tallaght Stadium last November. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In No Hunger In Paradise, Michael Calvin’s remarkable book about the development of young footballers in Britain, the author puts the statistical prob(...)

Cabinteely FC chairman Larry Bass: ‘We have heard so much about reform at the FAI, but this is what you would expect of a banana republic.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Clubs from the SSE Airtricity League’s First Division are to consider legal action against both the league and FAI after Shamrock Rovers were given th(...)

The Irish teams in Tripoli in 1989

“It may not have been the brightest thing anyone ever did in football,” offers Brian Kerr early during In League with Gaddafi (RTÉ Two, Monday) a bris(...)

The target number would represent an increase of almost 70 per cent on the 1,450 referees at all levels active  at present. There are currently just 39 female referees  in the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The FAI is aiming to increase the number of referees within Irish football by 1,000 and provide the best of them with improved opportunities to progr(...)

Derry boss Declan Devine: “This club, this group of players deserve European football for their efforts over the course of the season, but they have to earn it.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Proponents of playoffs might point to tonight’s fixture list as making a decent case for mixing things up a bit with only the last of the Europa Leag(...)

Cliftonville chairman Gerard Lawlor suggested the all-island league proposal was a ‘pipe dream’ and ‘unrealistic at this moment in time’. Photograph: Declan Roughan/Inpho

Harry Cavan, the IFA’s long-serving president, once observed that having two national teams on the island of Ireland was “nonsensical” then famously c(...)

 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

Stephen O’Donnell says that his aim is to turn St Patrick’s Athletic back into title contenders after having been confirmed as the club’s new manager (...)

Aaron Greene celebrates scoring Shamrock Rovers’ second against Derry City. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Derry City 0 Shamrock Rovers 2 Shamrock Rovers recorded their second victory at a blustery Brandywell, their class telling during the second half. I(...)

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