Wes Hoolahan

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 Like  Trapattoni, Martin O’Neill has come under fire for being some football Neanderthal. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

It’s no surprise Martin O’Neill may be tempted to return to club management in England. The Premier League is a playpen in many ways. But it can look (...)

The Irish management team look on during the second leg of the Republic's playoff against Denmark. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It is likely to be at least a month and possibly the new year before it is confirmed that Martin O’Neill has signed a new contract but it is all but c(...)

Eamon Dunphy was critical of Martin O’Neill for once again failing to start Wes Hoolahan. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Eamon Dunphy has said Martin O’Neill is no longer a good manager and makes too many mistakes. Speaking after Ireland’s devastating 5-1 defeat to Den(...)

Shane Long  reacts after another Danish goal. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

Darren Randolph Brilliant save from Kvist early on and kept Sisto out as well soon after. No chance with for any of the goals. It’s bad when your kee(...)

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen scores their fourth goal to complete his hat-trick. Photograph:  Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Republic of Ireland 1 Denmark 5 (Denmark win 5-1 on agg) More than 1,200 years after they first swung by and started giving foreigners a bad name, th(...)

Wes Hoolahan takes a selfie with a fan after the first leg in Copenhagen. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/ Inpho

Walking around in Copenhagen on Saturday afternoon you could see that the World Cup play-off was a big deal. Thousands of red shirts and daytime drink(...)

Denmark manager Age Hareide and Danish forward Nicklas Bendtner shake hands with  referee Milorad Mazic at the Parken stadium on Saturday.  Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

If Ireland do come out on the right end of Tuesday night’s turbo-spin, they might think kindly of Milorad Mazic. There were two occasions during the r(...)

Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan in action against Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

Had things gone a certain way, had he been seen in another light, it could have been so different for Wes Hoolahan. “Ipswich were the only ones who (...)

James McClean’s goal gave Ireland a 1-0 win over Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty

Monday night’s rousing win 1-0 against Wales has put Ireland two games away from a first World Cup appearance since 2002. Martin O’Neill’s side secur(...)

Martin O’Neill saw his Ireland side qualify for the World Cup playoffs thanks to a 1-0 win over Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/AFP

Things come full circle. After another spine-tingling football night of thrills and spills from the Ireland football team, Martin O’Neill didn’t quite(...)

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