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Nick Menezes

Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic who has a worrying obsession with the Irish football team. His articles focus on Irish football and he also writes some light-hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting XIs.
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A Look At How Four Provincial Irish Football Teams Would Line-Up

With no inter-county football or provincial rugby on the horizon, we have decided to ignite some tribal rivalry that is so unique to Ireland now that football looks set to return. We have updated our four provincial Irish football teams with a lot of changes from our 2016 and 2017 editions but we have still managed to construct four sides.  Let’s …

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Four Areas Stephen Kenny Must Address As Incoming Ireland Manager

Stephen Kenny’s long awaited arrival as Ireland’s new manager came a little earlier than expected in unusual circumstances on Saturday. The Dubliner has taken the reins and will already be thinking about how his team will shape up now that Mick McCarthy has made way. Lets explore how Ireland could look under the former Dundalk boss. _____ Productivity Kenny will …

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Ten Absent Players Capable Of Injecting Quality Into Ireland’s Setup

Ireland recorded six points out of six in their Euro 2020 Qualifying Campaign as Mick McCarthy returned to the helm as Irish boss. For the first time in many years, arguably since McCarthy’s last tenure, Ireland deployed a structured system that offered the perfect balance of a high pressed, energetic defence and a purposeful and more imaginative attack. Among those …

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The Winners & Losers Following Ireland’s International Break

Mick McCarthy’s return as Ireland boss has heralded two wins and two clean sheets as Ireland top their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign. In what has been an eventful week on and off the pitch, spirits have been raised with the collection of maximum points and a clear change in approach. As the international break draws to a close, we examine …

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Five Systems McCarthy Could Deploy Ahead Of Euro Qualifiers

The Mick McCarthy era is in full swing after the Ireland boss named his first provisional squad for the upcoming games against Gibraltar and Georgia. We examine some systems McCarthy could deploy as his return game away to Gibraltar quickly approaches. We have selected squads based on the players picked in Thursday’s provisional squad, however, some of these players may …

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Three Systems McCarthy Could Deploy To Facilitate Doherty & Coleman

Mick McCarthy’s second tenure as Ireland manager is edging closer with the former Wolves and Sunderland manager working hard behind the scenes to assess his player pool and potential tactics. The 59-year-old has been busy trying to recruit players like Patrick Bamford and Nathan Redmond and contacting others who may have been disgruntled under the last regime. One of those …

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15 Granny Rule Prospects Who Mick McCarthy Could Recruit

Mick McCarthy’s comments on Goals on Sunday last week suggested that the Ireland boss is in the process of recruiting a number of granny rule players. McCarthy has an appreciation of the association many UK born footballers have to Ireland and the possibility that they may choose to wear green. The rule has gained much criticism in recent years, especially …

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Five Players Who Could Benefit From Mick McCarthy As Irish Boss

With the Euro 2020 draw now made, Mick McCarthy will begin to plan his squad for March. A shrewd and blunt operator, McCarthy holds a much more no-nonsense approach to players not pulling their weight than Martin O’Neill. O’Neill was a manager of great loyalty and this was sometimes detrimental, selecting players who had drifted out of form despite shining …

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Fifteen Exciting Talents Mick McCarthy Could Introduce

As Mick McCarthy prepares to begin his second reign as Ireland manager we take a look at 15 potential players the former Wolves boss could introduce into the Irish first team. _____ Talented Teenagers: Lee O’Connor (Manchester United) Manchester United youth captain Lee O’Connor has been making waves at underage level and was rewarded with a senior call-up in Martin …

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