August 2012 News Archive

Trapattoni holds Richard Dunne discussions today...25/08/2012
The FAI has confirmed that Giovanni Trapattoni and Marco Tardelli have today held positive discussions with Richard Dunne and it is hoped that he will be available for the World Cup qualifier against Germany, assuming his recovery from injury is complete.

Trapattoni to seek Dunne discussions tomorrow...24/08/2012
Giovanni Trapattoni intimated this afternoon that he would journey to the Aston Villa and Everton encounter in Birmingham tomorrow, to have discussions with Richard Dunne. In light of the recurring communication cock-ups, one hopes that Richard, currently recovering from injury, knows about the visit !. The manager might perhaps also have a quiet chat with Ciaran Clark and Stephen Ireland, both likely starters for the hosts.

Trapattoni announces twenty three man squad...24/08/2012
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has announced a twenty three man squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier in Kazakhstan and the friendly against Oman at Craven Cottage in London. Robbie Keane is included and save for the inclusion of Marc Wilson and the retention of Joey O'Brien, the squad offers little in the spirit of adventure and no real rays of hope for technical change.

Damian Duff retires from international football...24/08/2012
Damian Duff has today announced his retirement from international football. Capped one hundred times by Ireland, the Ballyboden wingman has been a magnificent servant to his country and his sad departure will leave another significant void.

Trapattoni to make squad announcement on Friday...22/08/2012
Giovanni Trapattoni is set to name an extended squad for the upcoming World Cup 2014 qualifier in Kazahkstan and the friendly contest againsat Oman in London at a press conference in Dublin at 4.00pm on Friday afternoon. Twitter comment from some of our esteemed journalists suggest caustic disenchantment with the timing of the announcement given that a full programme of FAI Cup matches together with the headline League clash of St Patrick's Athletic and Sligo Rovers are set for later that evening. Poppycock surely!, the esteemed Italian has timed the event astutely, in order that he can catch the first half of the Tallaght cup tie before nipping back to 'Richer' to assess the title contenders. Has he not?.

Wonder where Giovanni will be this evening?...22/08/2012
Wednesday evening's Premiership meeting of Chelsea and newly promoted Reading at Stamford Bridge is just a gentle stroll from the London base of Ireland Assistant Manager Marco Tardelli and one would expect him to make the journey. With eligible centre back Alex Pearce and dare one say it, evergreen left back Ian Harte likely to start for the visitors, would not a speedy Giovanni Trapattoni flight from Milan be appropriate?. The candidates may not measure up to the requisite standard but a live viewing should surely be in order.

Greg Cunningham - one for the very near future...22/08/2012
Returning from last week' disappointing Under 21 defeat by Turkey in Sligo, I met up with Ireland captain Greg Cunningham on his return to his new club Bristol City. The twenty one year old, whom I have observed on numerous occasions at underage level for Ireland, has retained that quiet unassuming off-field personality that is becoming increasingly rare in contemporary times. In playing terms, he retains the technical ability befitting a former goalscoring striker whose instincts are very much of an attacking vein, while adding a physical presence to his game (he must have spent time in the company of and observing coach Patrick Viera at Manchester City). His performances at Under 21 level merit a return to the senior international fold and while Noel King will wish to retain his services for the duration of the EURO 2013 Under 21 Championship challenge, his elevation should follow swiftly.

King announces Under 21 squad for Turkey challenge...02/08/2012
Head Coach Noel King this afternoon announced an extended twenty two man squad for the crucial UEFA U21 Championship contest against Turkey in the Sligo Showgrounds on Tuesday 14 August 2012. Returning after injury are Adam Barton, Gavin Gunning, Conor Henderson and Robert Kiernan while Sean Scannell has also been recalled. An injury doubt surrounds Shane Duffy and should that manifest itself, then perhaps an opportunity might present itself for Reading tyro Sean Morrison. The only real surprise, in what looks a strong squad, is the omission of Cardiff City striker Joe Mason.

Live Airtricity Premier Division action from Tallaght...12/08/2012
Setanta Sports Ireland will provide coverage of the Airtricity League Premier Division clash of Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers live from Tallaght Stadium at 8.00pm this coming Monday evening. Meanwhile Cork City will play host to St Patrick's Athletic in Turner's Cross at 7.45pm that same evening.

Will Dunne injury activate current state of inertia?...01/08/2012
While his potential retirement from International football has recently been strongly mooted, today's confirmation that Richard Dunne has undergone a groin procedure which is likely to take six to eight weeks for recovery and therefore remove his availability for the World Cup 2014 qualifier against Kazakhstan, and probably Germany, coupled with the knee injury sustained by Sean St Ledger today prompts the question - will there be any management reaction or will the current state of inertia continue?. The omission of Ciaran Clark from the squad for the upcoming friendly in Serbia seems negligent and the possibility of examining the credentials of Reading centre back Alex Pearce might also be considered a dereliction of duty. Squad member Darren O'Dea has been without a club since May and his anticipated move to Toronto FC this week, might not be considered with great euphoria and could lend further to supporter disquiet.

Summer transfer window swings into UK action
The transfer window in the UK officially swung into action on the 1st July 2012 and will close at midnight on the 31st August 2012. Already there has been much activitity, mostly disappointing, for Irish players. Of a more upbeat albeit modest note, senior internationals Keith Andrews, Leon Best, Paul Green and Darren O'Dea have found new clubs. Under 21 captain Greg Cunningham, also capped three times at senior level, has joined Bristol City from Manchester City on a four year contract for an undisclosed fee.