Stephen Kenny’s Irish team begin their Under-21 European Championship qualifying campaign against Luxembourg on Sunday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Stephen Kenny says that things are “shaping up nicely” for Sunday’s opening game of the new Under-21 European Championship qualifying campaign against(...)

 Republic of Ireland Under-21 manager Stephen Kenny gave a talk entitled   ‘Leadership Lessons from a Successful Manager’ on the first day of Local Enterprise Week. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Stephen Kenny has become the latest FAI manager to express the opinion that a friendly cap should resolve the issue of a player’s international future(...)

Michael Obafemi, pictured with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, has signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with Southampton. Photo: Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images

Teenage striker Michael Obafemi has signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract at Southampton. The 18-year-old became the second youngest player to (...)

Ireland under-21 manager Stephen Kenny at Home Farm FC in Whitehall for Wednesday night’s friendly. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Stephen Kenny says he was happy with the performance of the locally-based under-21s he assembled for Wednesday night’s win over the Irish Amateur team(...)

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is confident his team can beat West Ham on Thursday night. Photograph: PA

Ralph Hasenhuttl has warned his Southampton side the hard work has only just started. Hasenhuttl replaced Mark Hughes earlier this month and has had (...)

West Ham United’s Declan Rice  and Watford’s Ken Sema battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the London Stadium. Photograph:  Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has said he is pleased with the way his recent meeting with Declan Rice went but declined to make a firm pre(...)

Southampton’s Irish-born striker Michael Obafemi with Nathan Redmond after scoring his first Premier League goal. Photograph: Getty Images

Michael Obafemi thanked team-mate Nathan Redmond for his help on and off the pitch after becoming Southampton’s youngest ever Premier League goalscore(...)

Shay Given: “You know what I’m like, I love the craic, the buzz around the lads. When you’re a coach, it’s tough if you lose, it is quite draining. But when you win, it’s mad, it’s magnified.” Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

He strides in smiling wearing his new work gear: an all-black kit, a little white ram above his heart, ‘SG’ initials alongside. He is sweaty after a s(...)

Southampton’s Irish  striker Michael Obafemi  tangles with Manchester United’s  Luke Shaw. Photograph: Getty Images

Southampton 2 Man Utd 2 Republic of Ireland international Michael Obafemi made his full Premier League debut as Southampton drew 2-2 against a slapda(...)

Mick McCarthy:  It’s déjà vu all over again. Not to everyone, mind – Michael Obafemi was two and a half when Mick vacated the position in 2002. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

It’s 2002 and you ask your crystal ball to forecast Mick and Roy’s future. “Mick will leave the Irish job and take over at Sunderland, ” it says, “an(...)

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