Chris Coleman convinced to rethink standing down as Wales boss

Roy Keane


Ireland fans celebrate James McClean's goal in well known Irish pub, Banshee Bar, in Boston, Massachusetts. USA.

However in Britain, as in parts of Ireland, McClean is one-dimensional, a divisive representative of a divided city.

He was true to his word.

Maybe, that would leave a sour taste in the Swiss mouth which would follow on into the play-offs. It's just what they do.

But then his Irishness is different from theirs: he comes from Londonderry/Derry, a place where the locals do not even agree on its name. Currently ranked seventh at the moment (11 October) in the FIFA World Rankings, you'd wonder why Irish fans would rather see the Swiss instead of the bottom two.

Take us back to Monday.


Wales star Gareth Bale and skipper Ashley Williams are among those who have attempted to convince the former Fulham manager to stay in international football. Meyler captained Ireland to a historic victory in Cardiff.

The Azzurri came in behind Spain in Group G, with their only defeat coming against the Spaniards.

It's the day after the night before and the Republic of Ireland for the third time in their history have reached a World Cup play-off.

"I'm over the moon for everyone involved with the club", he said.

That cannot be overestimated. When I was a young fella, hurlers like Wayne Sherlock, Fergal Ryan and the Brownes [Alan and John] were the people I looked up to. "I was delighted with the result".

And the bookies believe Jackett is a strong candidate for the Dragons job if Coleman departs from his post.

So here's to you, David Meyler. "We've got one massive step to go".

Northern Ireland and the Republic are confirmed in the draw along with Italy, Denmark, Croatia and either Portugal or Switzerland.

Italy are managed by 68-year-old Giampiero Ventura, who has vast experience managing in Serie A and the lower tiers of Italian football.

Daryl Murphy too. On Friday night he admitted to being "absolutely knackered" after playing 79 minutes against Moldova.

He played a significant role in James McClean's winner.

"We come alive on the big occasions, we always have".

"We play for each other, there's no individuals on this team".

Martin O'Neill has had his fair share of critics over the course of the last two qualifying campaigns, after the draw the Georgia it looked like Ireland had blown it and the loss to Scotland in the last campaign seemed like the nail was in the coffin.

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