Glenn Whelan

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 Glenn Whelan reacts after the final whistle of the Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark in Copenhagen. Photograph:   Bradley Collyer/PA Wire

The most annoying team in the world? Probably. And certainly the most gritty. A balmy Friday night in Copenhagen and Age Hareide rubs his eyes tire(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and assistant coach Robbie Keane walk on the pitch at the Parken Stadium ahead of the European qualifier against Denmark. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has named an unchanged side for Friday night’s key Group D encounter with Denmark in Copenhagen. It means t(...)

Ireland’s James McClean and manager Mick McCarthy during training ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifier clash with  Denmark. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

The Irish team slipped pretty much unnoticed in and out of the Parken Stadium on Thursday evening with more local interest, it seemed, in registering (...)

Glenn Whelan has been released by Aston Villa following their promotion to the Premier League. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has cut a swathe through his squad as he plans for a return to the Premier League by releasing eight players. Just fiv(...)

Alan Browne at the Republic of Ireland training camp at Quinto do Lago, Faro, Portugal.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

If any of the Republic of Ireland players needed a clean slate under new management this year, it was Alan Browne. One of the most consistent Irish(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy in Faro, Portugal. Photograph: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Basking in the Algarve sun, Mick McCarthy could afford to smile when reflecting on his work to date in his second go at the Republic of Ireland job, a(...)

Conor Hourihane celebrates scoring Aston Villa’s equaliser against West Brom. Photograph: Paul Harding/Getty

Aston Villa 2 West Bromwich Albion 1 Jack Grealish inspired Aston Villa’s comeback as a late show against West Brom put them on the brink of another (...)

Ireland’s Robbie Brady is tackled by Georgia’s Nika Kvekveskiri during the Group D qualifier at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.   Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

When Mick McCarthy got the Ireland job for the first time he had eight friendles to find a winning formula and seemed to use all the dry runs well. Wh(...)

Darren Randolph collects tennis balls during Ireland’s win over Georgia. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s hard to know where to start, really. Although a particular highlight was that heated half-time debate about tennis balls, with Stephen Kelly stu(...)

David McGoldrick was named man of the match during Ireland’s win over Georgia. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Darren Randolph Randolphs’s distribution was good throughout and he made a key save when called upon, fisting away Valerian Gvilia’s sharp first-half(...)

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