Happy Birthday Big Mick

Today’s is former Captain Fantastic Mick McCarthy’s 55th birthday. In honour of his post-match outburst after Ipswich’s game with Leeds, here’s some memorable quotes from the ex-Ireland boss.

Passage of Play: Roy Keane

“If I had a chance to watch any game in the world tomorrow I would go to a hurling match. I’ve been to the Super Bowl, Formula 1 racing, Champion’s League matches, but the All-Ireland is up there with all of them as a great occasion” – Roy Keane professes his love for the small ball.

Passage of Play: Noel King

“It’s a football match. Every kid, every adult, you go to a football match and you try to win the game. That’s all I know and that’s my mission: to try and win the game”
– Interim coach Noel King has impressed since taking temporary charge of the Irish team.

Passage of Play: Darron Gibson

“I do regret not playing but I was embarrassed and I was so angry that I didn’t actually get on the pitch for even a second at the Euros, I just felt I couldn’t come back and play for him again.” – Darron Gibson tells the Irish Independent.

Passage of Play: Mario Balotelli

“If Real Madrid come back against Borussia Dortmund and make it to the final of the Champions League, I will let my girlfriend sleep with all the players”

Passage of Play: Giovanni Trapattoni

“We have played 45 minutes; now the second round starts against all of these teams. Why not? Why not? I think every game is 90 minutes to achieve qualification. Every game”

Passage of Play: Ian Harte

It’s a joke. I’ve seen Stephen Kelly’s phone, pretty much every one of the Reading lads have seen it, and we’re thinking: ‘What’s going on’? If the press were to see the full text, that would be the end of Trap. That would be the end of Giovanni Trapattoni

Sammon Wishing in the Eleven

Giovanni Trapattoni has taken a leap by naming Conor Sammon in his starting line-up for tomorrow night’s clash with Poland.

Passage of Play: Eamon Dunphy

“I think Given looked overweight and was clearly unfit during the European Championships. I don’t think that’s a forgivable crime. I wouldn’t have him”