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Scenes if PSG get sent to the Europa League and fail to do anything in that.

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Martin O'Neill is stepping down as Republic of Ireland manager. 

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23 minutes ago, Lineker said:

Martin O'Neill is stepping down as Republic of Ireland manager. 

Some of the names I heard on the news suggested as potential replacements:

Mick McCarthy

Stephen Kenny  (manager of League of Ireland Champions Dundalk)

and some bloke who managed Limerick years ago

 

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I wouldn't mind Kenny or Big Sam. Kenny would be exciting while Sam gets results and is the greatest England manager of all time.

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1 hour ago, TCO said:

I wouldn't mind Big Sam.

Loooooooooooooooooooooooooool.

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Big Sam would be good even if just to see who suddenly gains an Irish grandparent. Jonjo O'Shelvey for instance. 

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Jonj O'Shelvey is a competive game  capped England international, I'll have you know.

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Jonjo Shelvey actually does have an Irish granny! :P

Jonjo is a fine traveller name, would have been great for us!

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1 hour ago, Gazz said:

Jonj O'Shelvey is a competive game  capped England international, I'll have you know.

I don't care and neither do FIFA. 

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3 hours ago, TCO said:

I wouldn't mind Kenny or Big Sam. Kenny would be exciting while Sam gets results and is the greatest England manager of all time.

They probably won't do it but Stephen Kenny would be a great move. Michael O'Neil was able to make the move from managing Shamrock Rovers to managing Northern Ireland. And he was a considerably less experienced manager than Stephen Kenny is at the time. 

Big Sam seems like the kinda guy the FAI would like to get because he's got a profile.

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49 minutes ago, Hobo said:

They probably won't do it but Stephen Kenny would be a great move. Michael O'Neil was able to make the move from managing Shamrock Rovers to managing Northern Ireland. And he was a considerably less experienced manager than Stephen Kenny is at the time. 

Big Sam seems like the kinda guy the FAI would like to get because he's got a profile.

Fully agree. It'd be a progressive move that rewards a successful Irish manager. Kenny plays good football and is a consistent winner. I don't see why he can't make the transition. 

He's been managing since he was 27 too.

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Euro 2020 qualifying pots have been finalised

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UEFA Nations League pot (4): Switzerland*, Portugal*, Netherlands*, England*

Pot 1 (6): Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Poland

Pot 2 (10): Germany, Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina*, Ukraine*, Denmark*, Sweden*, Russia, Austria, Wales, Czech Republic

Pot 3 (10): Slovakia, Turkey, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland*, Norway*, Serbia*, Finland*, Bulgaria, Israel

Pot 4 (10): Hungary, Romania, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Cyprus, Estonia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Georgia*

Pot 5 (10): FYR Macedonia*, Kosovo*, Belarus*, Luxembourg, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Gibraltar, Faroe Islands

Pot 6 (5): Latvia, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Malta, San Marino

*Already ensured at least a play-off place after winning UEFA Nations League group

 

The top two teams in each of the ten groups will automatically qualify for UEFA EURO 2020. The remaining four berths will be filled by the play-offs, which are contested by the 16 UEFA Nations League group winners (i.e. the four group winners in each of the four divisions) or the next best-ranked team in their league.

If a league does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league, according to the overall UEFA Nations League rankings.

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Looks like Mick McCarthy could be next Ireland manager.

That's dull.

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Messi and Ronaldo are reportedly not on the final three-man shortlist for the Ballon d’or. 

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15 minutes ago, Liam Mk2 said:

Messi and Ronaldo are reportedly not on the final three-man shortlist for the Ballon d’or. 

Salah, Mbappe, Neymar?

I wouldn't even put Neymar on there, but I'm struggling to think who else it could be. Kane is surely not in the Top 3.

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Don't know how I forgot Modric to be fair.

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I heard Modric had received a high percentage of the votes and was leading, but that was before all of them were counted. I hope he wins.

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Mbappé winning it would be funny to see how mad Neymar would get.

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Latest leak from Der Spiegel’s investigations around European football is that Sergio Ramos failed a doping test on the day of the 2017 Champion’s League final and UEFA covered it up.

Wouldn’t shock me in the slightest if this was entirely accurate.

Liverpool fans will be well chuffed.

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Mick McCarthy is the new Ireland manager on a two year deal.

Stephen Kenny will be the u21 manager, oversee all the underage levels and will take over from Mick McCarthy in 2020.

That's actually surprisingly ideal. 😮 Even if McCarthy is shite, we have an exciting replacement who'll get a chance to control the whole system for the next two years. Plus Mick will bring the bants during the press conferences at a bare minimum.

Dundalk are so fucked now too, which is a lovely bonus! :D

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