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Kevin O'Neill

Kevin O'Neill is a sports writer with almost 20 years experience. His new book 'Where Have All The Irish Gone? The sad demise of Ireland's once relevant footballers' is due for publication later in the year. You can contact Kevin at kevoneill2@yahoo.com or on Twitter @kevoneillwriter

Sheffield United’s Irish Contingent Helping To Resharpen Buoyant Blades

On a sunny August afternoon in 1992, Sheffield United famously scored the first ever goal in the inaugural Premier League when Brian Deane’s effort helped The Blades to victory against eventual champions Manchester United. Despite achieving that landmark, Sheffield United were relegated at the conclusion of the following season. Since then, the Yorkshire outfit have been back in the top-flight …

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Will Michael Keane Buck The Trend of Failing English Defenders?

Michael Keane has been in outstanding form for Burnley this season and was rewarded by making his senior England debut in the friendly against Germany last week. A few days later Keane made his competitive bow, partnering John Stones at the heart of the Three Lions’ defence in a facile 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Lithuania. The former Manchester …

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Ruud Gullit And Star Players Who Failed As Managers

Ruud Gullit has thrown his hat in the ring to replace sacked Danny Blind as the Holland national team Head Coach. Despite a glittering playing career in which Gullit won two European Cups and a spate of domestic honours, the former dreadlocked star has never made much of an impression in the dug-out since leaving Chelsea in 1998. Gullit, who …

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Report: Pep Guardiola Seeking Danny Rose Deal To Kickstart Defensive Revamp

Manchester City have been roundly criticised for defensive vulnerability this season. Despite last summer’s massive investment in recruiting John Stones from Everton, City manager Pep Guardiola has struggled to find the right balance in his defence. It is largely agreed that full-backs Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta are approaching the latter years of their top-flight careers. And Guardiola …

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 11: Kyle Lafferty of Northern Ireland celebrates after he opens the scoring during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan at Windsor Park on November 11, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

International Star But Club Flop: The Kyle Lafferty Enigma

When Northern Ireland entertain Norway at Windsor Park on Sunday night in World Cup qualifying Michael O’Neill’s men may again look to Kyle Lafferty for goalscoring inspiration. The 29-year-old continues to lead the way for his country and has netted 20 times in 59 international appearances. Indeed, his form in helping Northern Ireland qualify for last summer’s European Championships was quite fantastic. …

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: John Stones of Manchester City (L) and Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool (R) both watch the ball during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on March 19, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Worrying Transfer Development For Liverpool Regarding Star Man Coutinho

Liverpool’s main creative force could be on his way out of Anfield in the summer, as reports emerging from Spain claim that Philippe Coutinho has emerged as Barcelona’s prime transfer target. The Catalan giants are expected to try to prise the Brazilian schemer from Merseyside in a multi-million pound deal that would greatly impact Liverpool’s plans to move forward under …

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: A general view of the stadium ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Aston Villa at Goodison Park on November 21, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

Everton To Leave Goodison Park After Prime Land Purchase

The next step in majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri’s plan to take Everton back among the elite of English occurred yesterday, as news filtered through that the Toffees have agreed a land-purchase agreement to acquire a prime site on the city’s inviting waterfront. Everton will now set the wheels in motion for leaving its historic Goodison Park ground, where the Blues …

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The Town They Loved So Well: Derry, Ryan McBride and Martin McGuinness

For very different reasons the sadly recently deceased Ryan McBride and Martin McGuinness were two of Derry’s most prominent and loved characters. McBride was an honest, whole-hearted and inspirational footballer for his beloved Derry City Football Club until his untimely and sudden passing last Sunday, aged just 27. He worked in a local public house and captained his boyhood club; …

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Ireland v Wales: Remembering How It All Began for Jack Charlton

The Republic of Ireland face a potentially group defining match in World Cup qualifying against Wales at The Aviva Stadium on Friday (kick-off: 7.45pm). If the home side can return three points from this hugely anticipated fixture, it could set them up for a magical adventure next summer after the largely enjoyable experience at the 2016 European Championships in France. …

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