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The shortlist to fill Gray and Keys’ shoes

Andy Gray and Richard Keys' have handed in their microphones at Sky Sports towers so Ger McCarthy takes the opportunity at look at some possible replacements for the gruesome twosome.

Carlo Ancelotti should become the next England manager

England's next international manager should not necessarily be English as a better Italian alternative already exists writes Ger McCarthy.

Attacking Tottenham a welcome addition to Champions League

Tottenham Hotspur are back amongst the elite of European football and deservedly so writes Ger McCarthy.

Man City may regret shabby treatment of Ireland and Bellamy

In the space of just 24 hours the careers of two players deemed surplus to requirements at Manchester City have irrevocably changed writes Ger McCarthy.

Blackpool’s season might yet become a Tangerine Nightmare

Blackpool's stunning start to the new Premier League season means nothing - the real dream is a long-term one, writes Ger McCarthy.

Three reasons to be cheerful for Boys in Green

Ger McCarthy looks at three good reasons why it's been a good start to the new international season for the Republic of Ireland.

Bottom line – O’Neill was never Randy’s choice for Villa

Martin O'Neill is no longer manager of Aston Villa and the club's American owner Randy Lerner's decision to let one of the brightest manager's in the game walk out the door could prove catastrophic for the midlands club writes Ger McCarthy.

Can United win it with kids again?

For all the youthful talent at his disposal Sir Alex Ferguson needs to strengthen his squad with some experienced internationals ahead of the coming season, writes Ger McCarthy.

Shouting for the Germans – how times change.

Ger McCarthy finds himself in the unusual position of cheering Germany in the World Cup semi-finals.

Where do Capello and England go from here?

Ger McCarthy looks at the key decisions facing Fabio Capello ahead of the most important English international in many years.

Awful long-ball England are disjointed and disorganised

England were held to a draw by a much better team in Rustenburg writes Ger McCarthy.

RTE panel in tune from the off

You know it promises to be an entertaining World Cup when the main RTE pundits spend a portion of the opening broadcast assessing Eamon Dunphy's singing capabilities writes Ger McCarthy

Rafa Benitez is on a hiding to nothing at Inter

Rafa has impossible shoes to fill in Mourinho, while straight shooter Lennon might be a cost-cutting move, writes Ger McCarthy.



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