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People say Miliband is bringing politics into this but in reality his reasons are much more likely to be personal, given both of his parents had to flee their countries to avoid being marched off to concentration camps - his mum in particular having a hard time of it. I would have done the same.

 

I have no problem with Milliband's response.

 

It was probably made " easier" by him moving to America anyway, so his involvement with the club would have been much reduced.

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Looks like all the four leaf clovers have been used up. It would be harsh on the republic if he's appointed.

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What's the alternative Robbie though, Mccarthy? Slim pickings out there right now.

 

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Mourinho couldn't make that squad of bog standard championship players do anything remotely worth while.

Exactly. Martin O'Neill isn't a bad appointment. He is an reasonable manager, nowhere near as bad as some would have you believe.

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I never had a problem with O'Neill. I think he'll get the best out of a poor squad. But Keane as assistant is an interesting choice, shall we say. Or a ready-made excuse for O'Neill if things go badly wrong...

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I'd have taken McCarthy back. Only irish manager to get the team playing good football whilst qualifying for a tournament.

 

They were alright in '88 under Charlton, weren't they?

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/republic-of-ireland/10422085/Martin-ONeill-lines-up-Roy-Keane-to-form-dream-Republic-of-Ireland-manager-coach-duo.html#

 

 

"O’Neill represented Northern Ireland as a player and captained them at the 1982 World Cup, but as a Catholic, as well as the outstanding candidate, he will be warmly welcomed by supporters and media alike."

 

What the clean fuck??

 

 

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Mourinho couldn't make that squad of bog standard championship players do anything remotely worth while.

 

Yes, unfortunately you're right on the money. There's a lot of tools like Eamon Dunphy who seem to think that if we were playing positive football we'd be some sort of serious contenders against the biggest teams in the world.

 

Yes, we'd be better in my opinion, but instead of playing like Stoke we'd simply be "having a go". Messi, Ronaldo, Thiago Silva and Iniesta aren't going to magically drop themselves into our team. If we had an equivalent in the Premier League to aim toward, it'd be Norwich: decent, solid team who play some nice football and try their best, but are at the same time hampered by being a bit shite and just don't have the players to really do much but stay up. Anywhere near the European places? Very unlikely.

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