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Racism, Conservatism or Education? Why Aren’t There More Black Managers?

“Racism’s still alive, they just be concealin’ it” -Kanye West, 2004 Name five black footballers who have graced England’s Premiership. Now name five black managers who have managed in the Premiership. One would wager a guess the latter question was much more difficult. Incidentally, this writer really struggled (Paul Ince, Chris Hughton, Jean Tigana, Terry Connor and Ruud Gullit) and this …

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Premier League: European Hangovers in Full Swing

‘You can have three bacon butties in a row but the first one won’t taste as nice as the first.’ The above is a quote by former Manchester United defender and current Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville speaking on an episode of Monday Night Football in late 2012. Proving that there is method to his madness, Neville uses the bacon …

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Cork Lucky To Beat Sligo Rovers

Cork City can count themselves lucky to beat a much improved Sligo Rovers side at Turners Cross tonight with goals from Billy Dennehy and Mark O’Sullivan. Sligo Rovers started the more dominant of the sides and could of been two nil up in the first twenty minutes. Raffaele Cretaro and Eamon Zayed missed guilt edged chances to put the Bit …

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Rovers Face Northwest Rivals Finn Harps In U-19 League

Ciaran Kelly brings his young charges North this weekend as his U-19 team travel to Ballybofey to face Finn Harps. Rovers go into the game buoyed by the fact that they picked up their first three points of the season last Saturday against Longford Town three one with the goals coming from Mark Hannon, Ryan O’Donoghue and Liam Flatley. Speaking …

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PA Fantasy Premier League Week 6 : Potential Picks

After a Gameweek 5 that turned up some amazing results which translated into poor fantasy returns for many managers, most people will be expecting normal service to be resumed this weekend. Costa, Ramsey, Fabregas et al will likely be back among the points this weekend with the former a heavy favourite for the captain’s armband with Aston Villa visiting Stamford …

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Manchester City Want To Extend Lampard Loan Deal

Manchester City are hoping to extend the loan deal agreed between themselves and New York City Football Club to keep Frank Lampard until March rather than January as had been agreed between the sister clubs. Rumours have been circulating that Manchester City want to extend the loan period they have agreed for Frank Lampard from New York City Football Club until the Major League Soccer season …

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Dundalk & Cork City: League Of Ireland Run In

As the League of Ireland Premier Division title race hots up, Rob Lyons discusses the intricacies of the remaining fixtures that Cork City and Dundalk must contend with going into the home straight, including a potential league title showdown between the two sides at Oriel Park on the last day of the season. As the situation stands Dundalk are on 63 points with …

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Manchester United Could Swap Mata For Defender

Manchester United are in need of another defensive signing and Atletico Madrid’s Miranda could be just the man, with Chelsea also interested. Atletico Madrid are interested in Juan Mata and the Spain international could become part of a swap deal in January if he is deemed surplus to requirements by Louis Van Gaal. The Madrid club are insisting they will not lower …

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Liverpool Boss Confident Of Keeping Sterling

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is confident of holding onto arguably his brightest star for the future Raheem Sterling. Rumours have been circulating this week of a possible move to Real Madrid for the young midfielder but Rodgers’ comments to the Liverpool Echo would indicate Sterling will likely stay put at Anfield. “With Raheem we’re relaxed where we’re at with him. …

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Van Persie Reveals Manchester United’s Soul Searching

Manchester United frontman Robin van Persie has been giving the press an insight into the team sit-down following their shock reversal at the hands of Leicester City. Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has revealed there was a lot of soul searching done in the United camp in the wake of their disastrous collapse against Leciester City. The Red Devils, …

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Fan Memories: Celtic Overcome Liverpool In UEFA Cup

In the first of a new series entitled ‘Fan Memories’, Brendan Ogle remembers Celtic’s famous victory over Liverpool in 2003. ANFIELD – 20 MARCH 2003 UEFA Cup Quarter Final 2nd Leg Liverpool v Celtic Nobody gave Celtic a chance but the more I thought about it the more I couldn’t see them NOT winning. Maybe it was the rocky ferry or the dodgy …

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Arsenal Looking To Fix Troubles At The Back

With injuries to Mathieu Debuchy and Nacho Monreal  leaving Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger short at the back, the Frenchman may look to bring in Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar in the January window to bolster his options. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is struggling to put an effective back four together in the wake of injuries to Mathieu Debuchy and Nacho Monreal. The …

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Manchester United Need To Break Bank To Land Ronaldo

With persistent rumours about a possible Cristiano Ronaldo move back to Manchester United, reports have emerged indicating the amount of cash required to make the deal happen. Meanwhile, a United fan group is taking to the skies to make its voice heard. The Cristiatino Ronaldo transfer saga continues to make the back pages with reports in The Express indicating that a …

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Manchester City Star Slated During Twitter Q&A

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This was never going to end well.. Manchester City star Bacary Sagna took part in a Twitter Q&A session, titled #AskBacary, on Thursday night. As expected, the former Arsenal star received a barrage of abuse. Here are some of the picks of the tweets. When the rest of the squad are training on the pitch do u train as well …

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Premier League Heroes: Chelsea’s Gianfranco Zola

Today’s PL hero is a man that won the hearts of football fans worldwide. He is Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola. Gianfranco Zola lit the Premier League alight when he arrived to Chelsea Football Club from Parma in 1996 for £4.5m. The 5ft 6inch Italian had already proven himself in the Serie A but many didn’t think he would be able to …

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Jackie’s Army and Italia 90

“Put em Under Pressure” – Jack Charlton Italia 90, the two sweetest words in the English language. The Republic had yet to experience something called the Celtic Tiger but there was still an optimism in the air. Following a strong début in Euro ’88 and qualification for the World Cup in 1990 Irish fans south of the border were on a …

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League Leaders Longford Look To March On Against Struggling Blues

Waterford United welcome Longford Town to the Regional Sports Centre on Friday night as “De Town” look to edge closer to their return to the top tier of Irish football. For the home side, Friday night’s encounter will offer the young Blues side the chance to grab their first victory since before the mid-season break. Waterford come into the game …

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