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Pat Jennings: He [Pochettino] has a great team around him and with the chairman they’ve done an unbelievable job. Hopefully we can push on – win the Champions League, get top four.”  Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Pat Jennings is in his Tottenham Hotspur tracksuit. He is walking in from training. It is a Friday morning and he has just had his weekly session with(...)

Martin was the first in a long line of football men who talked, and taught me, about football. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The other night in Lille, your correspondent registered a ‘first’ in post-match press conferences. Normally, these are bustling crowded affairs where (...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill during a training session at   Parc des Princes in Paris ahed of the game against Germany. Photograph: Srdjan Suki/EPA

Northern Ireland v Germany, Parc des Princes, 5.0pm (RTÉ2, BBC1) There comes a time on the road for any emerging team or manager when a signpost co(...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill (right) speaks to his assistant Jimmy Nicholl  during a training session at Saint-George-de-Reneins. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

There used to be a nightclub on the top floor of the Europa hotel in Belfast called the Copacabana. It was mentioned 40 miles north of Lyon yesterday (...)

Northern Ireland’s Corry Evans on his debut against Italy in 2009. “There’s a picture where I’m getting smashed by [Gennaro] Gattuso.” Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

When the Northern Ireland players arrived at their chateau of a hotel in the lush Beaujolais countryside north of Lyon at the start of this week, they(...)

Paul McGrath celebrates his goal with Liam Brady, Mark Lawrenson and Ray Houghton during the European Championship qualifier at Lansdowne Road on October 14th 1987. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In the era of the “what if...” novel, it may be only a matter of time before somebody revisits Jack Charlton’s time as Republic of Ireland manager an(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is not looking forward to making the final cut of players ahead of the European Championships. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Martin O’Neill has admitted telling some of his Republic of Ireland players they will not be going to the Euro 2016 finals will be one of the hardest (...)

Michael O’Neill says Northern Ireland’s unbeaten run will serve them well for Euro 2016. Photograph: Getty

Northern Ireland displayed their collective spirit to extend their unbeaten streak to 10 games on Monday and manager Michael O’Neill expects that trai(...)

Victory over Greece sent Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland to their first major tournament since 1986. Photograph: Getty

Even Michael O’Neill said it was “special”. He said it twice, in fact three times. There is a brilliant realism to the Northern Ireland manager but ev(...)

Donegal’s Mickey McDonald, who is Rory McIlroy’s uncle, in action in 1982: “I would have said that we expected to go there and win because we had won in 1980. But it was tough, end-to-end football”

Somewhere, some day, in summertime: the hottest day of the year confirmed on Sunday, May 30th, 1982, the Northern Ireland football team preparing for (...)

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