Cathal Dervanby Cathal Dervan
- Rory McIlroy back to his best with an Australian Open win
- Roy Keane settling in nicely with the Republic of Ireland again, for now
- The Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill show begins!
- Let’s give Roy Keane a clean slate in new Irish soccer role
- Irish government to honor former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson
THE older Giovanni Trapattoni gets, the more Jack Charlton-like he becomes if you follow my drift in this first “drink free” column of the Lenten era.
Having given up not just the pints but also the coffee for the 40 days and 40 nights of Lent, things are looking a lot clearer these days. Or so it seems.
Giovanni Trapattoni has offered another olive branch to Stephen Ireland, and Manchester City’s new Italian manager Roberto Mancini could pave the way for an international return for the troubled midfielder.
Trap has revealed that he still wants stay-away Ireland back on board for the European Championship qualifiers and has spoken to Mancini about the issue as he renews his efforts to entice the Man City star to return to the fold.
Ireland hasn’t played for his country since the infamous Grannygate affair that followed a 2-2 draw in Bratislava almost three years ago.
A few weeks ago in London the inevitable Thierry Henry question landed at the feet of Irish captain Brian O’Driscoll at a press conference to celebrate the launch of the 2010 RBS Six Nations season.