After Wolves’ relegation, James Clancy asks what lays in store for the considerable Irish presence at Molineux and will Giovanni Trapattoni be able to call on some of them as Premier League players next season?
“I remember Dennis Wise saying; ‘One England cap is worth 50 Ireland caps.’ All I’d say was; ‘It’s more than 20 years since you’ve beaten us”. In Part 2 of our interview with two of the stars of Jack’s Charlton’s history-making Irish squads, Tony Cascarino tells Póg Mo Goal that scoring against England was a highlight of his career.
When Ireland line out in Poznan on June 10th, it will be 24 years since our first appearance at the European Championships. Packie Bonner and Tony Cascarino were among the pioneers in those first breakthrough moments for the Republic. Speaking to Póg Mo Goal, they cast their minds back to those heady days before wondering, like the rest of us, what lays in store this summer. Part 1 features Packie Bonner.
Of late, I have had cause to wonder; who is the most myopic sports fan? Is it the barstooler stuck to his seat watching Sky Sports, cursing, shouting and giving out at the TV? They pale into insignificance next to the stupidity of the men who stood on the terraces at Molineux this season, writes James Clancy
Fernando Torres faces a fight to appear against Ireland at Euro 2012 after being dropped from Spain’s squad to face Venezuela last week. While Kevin Doyle has also suffered this season, there’s little danger of the Wexford man missing out, highlighting the gap in quality Giovanni Trapattoni must bridge in the summer.
The Airtricity League kicks back into action tonight with a renewed anticipation in seeing those players who might make their mark following James McClean’s internatioanl cameo on Wednesday. All eyes will be on Tallaght Stadium where Shamrock Rovers, the defending champions and Europa League history makers, have been busying attracting many of the big name transfers. But few are likely to raise as many eyebrows as Limerick’s recent recruits.
A potential disaster looms for Ireland with the news that Richard Dunne has emerged as a doubt for Euro 2012. The Aston Villa defender is set to miss the rest of the season after breaking his collarbone in the recent Premier League clash against Manchester City.
“I’m not Merlin the Magician,” – Mick McCarthy’s first words to the media as Wolves’ new manager back in summer 2006. In the intervening five-and-3/4 seasons; he has regularly been serenaded with chants of ”Super Mick, Super Mick, Super Mick McCarthy” and eventually was dubbed ”Merlin Mick,” the magician who changed around the fortunes of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club.
Ten years on from Saipan; the Republic of Ireland are set to use training facilities rejected by two competing nations. James Clancy writes this time, unlike 2002, everyone in the Republic of Ireland playing set-up wants to be there.