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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.

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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Predicting Mick McCarthy’s First Starting XI As New Irish Boss

With Mick McCarthy installed as Irish manager for a second stint, he will now get to work on scouting the players at his disposal. Ireland’s next game is not until March and will be a daunting task for McCarthy given that it will be the Euro 2020 opening qualifier. Therefore, McCarthy may need to start considering sides he may deploy …

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Pros & Cons Of FAI Surprising Appointment Of McCarthy And Kenny

Well, who saw that coming from the FAI? After a quick turnaround between Martin O’Neill’s sacking and Mick McCarthy’s appointment, the plot took yet another twist in a scenario that nobody could have predicted. As anticipated, McCarthy will be installed as senior boss for his second spell, a process accelerated by the impending Euro 2020 draw in Dublin. Having seemingly turned …

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Six Irish Players Who Have Played Under Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy’s appointment will bring about mystery to some of the Irish squad but familiarity to some others. The returning Irish boss has managed Sunderland, Wolves and Ipswich since initially leaving the national post in 2002. During these stints, he has managed many Irish internationals with Gary Breen, Kevin Doyle and Kevin Kilbane some of the most notable. In more …

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Five Things Mick McCarthy Will Bring To The Ireland Job

It seems as though Mick McCarthy will be confirmed to return as Ireland manager any day now, 16 years after originally leaving the role. The appointment has already divided opinions with many hoping for the alternative appointment of Stephen Kenny. The Dundalk manager has been on the League of Ireland managerial circuit from a young age but former Millwall, Sunderland, …

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O’Neill Can No Longer Use “We Don’t Have The Players” As An Excuse

Ireland ended the international calendar with a 0-0 draw against Denmark and a fourth consecutive international without a goal. The past year has been one of hurt and disappointment with many fingers pointing towards Martin O’Neill. Ireland were always going into a transitional period after the playoff loss to Denmark with a huge overhaul taking place. The retirements of Wes …

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The Youthful XI: How Ireland Should Lineup Against Denmark

Ireland enter a dead rubber against Denmark hoping to regain some momentum following some disappointing performances over the last year. Having failed to register a goal in the last three outings, Martin O’Neill will be looking for some form of creative spark with fans growing tired of recent showings. However, one thing the Irish manager has done is introduce some exciting …

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Four-Three-Three: How Ireland Should Lineup Against The North

With the Irish derby set to take place on Thursday, Martin O’Neill will no doubt be thinking up a crazy unpredictable team selection. The Derryman comes up against the country of his birth and will be hoping to get one up on Michael O’Neill, a man he has exchanged controversial words with in recent times. The former Celtic boss has …

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