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Trapattoni is out as the hunt for a new Irish manager starts. Conor Pope's the man on the Wire.

Conor Pope Wed, Sep 11
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  • 08:24
    Right now there are tens of thousands of 15 and 16-year-olds all over the State fretting about something that only we - the adults - know is utterly irrelevant. Yes, it is Junior Cert Day so on websites, radios and TVs across the land expect much discussion of maths and science and what the results in these vital subjects mean for the future of the nation.

    (Hint : nothing).

    There is also likely to be talk of underage drinking accompanied by tutting and finger wagging.

    But not on this blog. Oh no.

    On this blog there will talk of a hard won D in Latin and four bottles of Stag manfully consumed on the Salthill Prom ahead of an excruciating slow dance to T-Pau's China In Your Hand.

    Good times.

    And good morning. I'm Conor Pope and I will be manning the blog today so I will.
  • 08:27
    Russian diplomacy succeeds in steering the US away from a military intervention?

    Well I never!

    Last night US president Barack Obama argued his case to the American people for military action against Syria but also said he had asked Congress to postpone a vote on the use of force to pursue a “diplomatic path”.

    In a televised address last night, Obama outlined his argument for punishing Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons last month, but halted his push for military strikes to pursue a proposal from Russia, an ally of Syria, that international observers seize the regime’s chemical weapons.

    “It’s too early to tell whether this offer will succeed, and any agreement must verify that the Assad regime keep its commitments,” Obama said . “But this initiative has the potential to remove the threat of chemical action without the use of force.”

    “If we fail to act, the Assad regime will see no reason to stop using chemical weapons,” the president warned, repeating arguments made by his senior administration officials over the past two weeks. “As the ban against these weapons erodes, other tyrants will have no reason to think twice about acquiring poison gas, and using them.”

    Mr Obama described as “encouraging signs” the diplomatic overtures from the Russians on Monday to seek a peaceful solution to avert US military action. Syria have agreed in principle to the proposal from Moscow but the US remains scepticism in the Assad’s new-found willingness to capitulate.

  • 08:32
    You'll never beat the Irish.

    You'll never beat the Irish.

    You'll never beat the Irish.

    You'll never beat the.... Oh.
  • 08:34
    Yeah, that game in Vienna wasn't great was it? Still, at least we don't have to worry about staying up until 3am on at least three separate occasions next summer to watch Ireland hoofing the ball around Brazillian fields with all the skill and grace of a frightened donkey. 

    So that's good, right?

  • 08:43
    martyb The Irish players are pro footballers and simply their efforts are not good enough. Start at the top with Delaney !
  • 08:45
    So let's say it's Trap Door time... Who would you like to see replace him?

     I'm thinking Roy Keane... 

    Am sure John Delaney would be well up for that.

  • 08:54
    Today's Moby's birthday. 

    "So what," you say. And normally I'd agree with you. But hang on a second. 

    Moby's real name is Richard Melville Hall and he had a great-great-great-granduncle who went by the name Herman Melville. Herman  wrote this book, called Moby Dick, you see. And that is where the birthday boy got his stage name.

    Now if that isn't a fact you want to take to work with you today I don't know what is. 

  • 08:56
    But enough about Moby... Press release has just come in from the FAI...

    Stand by please.

    "The recent results against Sweden and Austria were very disappointing for everyone involved in Irish football, the manager, the players and supporters. Our aim of qualification, although mathematically possible, is now highly unlikely even though the team will always do everything within their power to keep that hope alive. The FAI Board of Management will now consider the current position over the coming period to discuss the recent results. The post-match press conference which was due to take place this afternoon in Dublin has been cancelled"


  • 09:02
    The Cabinet is back after its summer holliers. It is meeting today and on the agenda is a major change in how laws are drafted.

    Under the new system - which will come into effect if the Seanad is successfuly abolished next month - outside experts and members of the public will be involved in discussions before legislation gets drafted in detail.

    This "pre-legislative phase" will bring the lawmaking process into the public domain at the earliest possible stage, writes Stephen Collins in today's paper.  And  before Oireachtas committee hearings begin.

    Members of the public will be able to apply to a selection board to be involved in this first phase of framing legislation.

    It is understood that individuals selected to contribute to the formation of legislation will have to demonstrate expertise in the relevant area.

  • 09:04
    The new "cheap" iPhone is going to cost 600 quid. 

    Hilarious, right?

    The expensive one now comes in a goldy colour....

    And that's the last time this blog will mention Apple products today.

  • 09:06
    Stay classy Anthony. 

  • 09:13
    martyb Roy Keane doesnt tolerate Muppets .... so Roy and the FAI .......
  • 09:13
    "Under the "weak" Obama, militarism has risen perhaps as never before. With not a single tank on the White House lawn, a military coup has taken place in Washington. In 2008, while his liberal devotees dried their eyes, Obama accepted the entire Pentagon of his predecessor, George Bush: its wars and war crimes. As the constitution is replaced by an emerging police state, those who destroyed Iraq with shock and awe, piled up the rubble in Afghanistan and reduced Libya to a Hobbesian nightmare, are ascendant across the US administration." 

  • 09:16
    The teams beaten by the teams that Trap built were

    The Faroe Islands
    And Macedonia

    I can't see us ever singing "Who put the ball in the Faroes net." Can you?

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  • 09:30
    By t he end of today the Heineken Cup may be no more. 

    Here's why. 
  • 09:52
    Just found out that Hugh Linehan, our online editor, never did the Inter Cert. 

    I will be contacting HR presently with this bombshell news.

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  • 10:02
    martyb Interim manager firstly .... secondly a world class manager if we have some likely world class players. Irish football needs to be built from the ground and if course no money in Irish football yet Chief Exec on a huge salary.
  • 10:02
    "To mark the release of ‘Maeve’s Times’, a book of Maeve Binchy’s journalism in The Irish Times, several of our writers spent the past few days doing what Maeve used to do: earwigging on other people’s conversations and writing about it"
  • 10:04
    DNA samples will be taken from criminals convicted of serious offences under legislation due to be published today. The Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database) Bill is set to be published by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter after receiving Cabinet approval last week. It  will contain the genetic profiles of people convicted of offences that attract prison sentences of 5 years or more and will include rape and most sex offences.
  • 10:07
    "It’s not the Irish soccer team that has given us first the idea of magnificent triumph in a draw. Or even moral victory in the bitter ashes of defeat. Our history has done it time and again. James Connolly, and sympathetic labour historians ever since, would describe the 1913 Lockout as a drawn battle and moral victory although the bedraggled return to work in January 1914 would look far from it."
  • 10:14
    I would like to apolgise for what I am abot to post.

    It was recorded on this day in 1977,
  • 10:21
    Clint Eastwood's wife Dina Eastwood  has filed for legal separation after 17 years of marriage. Her attorney C. Michael McClure declined to comment about why Dina Eastwood, 48, a former television journalist, had filed for separation or if she would eventually seek a divorce. 

    Chances are neither party will need a DIY Divorce... But if they do one is selling on an Irish deal site this morning. 
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  • 10:32
    Kid, you'll move mountains....

    Or at least you'll take so many drugs you'll think the mountains are moving.

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  • 11:24
    I have just asked on Twitter where people were when they first heard about the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon on Septempber 11th 2001 and will post responses as they come in. 

    I had taken a half day and was having a boozy lunch (that was back when journalists did such things)  and was just about to start my main course when the waitress came over and said a plane had crashed into the World Trade Centre. Me and the person I was with assumed it was a small plane and were only mildly interested and kept eating. 

    A few minutes later the waitress came back and said a second plane had gone into the other tower....

    That was the end of lunch.
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  • 11:30
    Rugby player suspended after biting opponent's penis....

    There are no words.

    Well, none that I can write here.
  • 11:30
    Trap is gone... 

    More to follow.

    A lot more
  • 11:32
    "The Football Association of Ireland, Giovanni Trapattoni and Marco Tardelli today (September 11) announced that following an amicable meeting this morning, they have parted company by mutual consent. 

    Speaking following the meeting, Giovanni Trapattoni said;

    “I want to thank everyone in Ireland who has given us their support during our time here which has always meant a lot to us. 

    “We leave this country with emotion because we understand the Irish supporters who have a well-deserved international reputation and they have our utmost respect. I would like to thank  John Delaney, Paddy Mc Caul, Michael Cody and the FAI Board for their support and friendship over the last five and a half years. 

    “I would also want to thank all FAI staff members, including the backroom team and the players who have been great to work with during the last three campaigns. I wish them well in the future and hope that the job we have done leaves everything in a good place for my successor to take over. 
    Making the announcement, FAI Chief Executive John Delaney said,

    “We thank Giovanni Trapattoni, Marco Tardelli and Franco Rossi for the last five and a half years during which we qualified for our first major tournament in ten years and were close to qualification for 2010 World Cup in South Africa after the play-off in France. 

    “This particular World Cup campaign has been disappointing but Giovanni leaves us with a group of good young players which should form the basis of the squad that the new manager will use for the European Championships in France 2016 when 24 teams qualify.”

    The Board of the FAI will meet in due course to discuss the process in relation to the appointment of a new manager."

    And there you have it.  
  • 11:34
    Well,amn't I the lucky one to be on the live blog on the day the axe falls?

    Yes, yes I am...

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  • 11:42
    Right so, Trapattoni's gone but what about Manuela Spinelli?

    His translator has been doing all the hard work for years.  
  • 11:46
    I suggested Roy Keane as a possible successor to Trap... 

    Response so far has been, um, mixed

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  • 12:02
    It's not all about football today mind you. 

    Manuel  Barroso gave his State of the Union this morning and he mentioned little old Ireland.

    He told MEPs that we had been able to draw money from capital markets since 2012 and that  the economy is expected to grow for the third year in a row, and industrial employment is on the up.

    “One swallow does not make a summer” but “it does prove we are on the right track,” he added.
  • 12:06

    Manuela Spinelli is gone too.  The 40-year-old Trap translator from Besana came to Ireland in 1993, to study languages at UCD after having already spent two summers in Dublin as a schoolgirl learning English. She completed her degree went to Germany for a year before doing a masters in Trinity. Her first job as an interpreter was in rugby, working for the European Rugby Cup in Dublin, the organising body of the Heineken Cup (more about them later today). Neither football nor rugby are her sporting passion.  Growing up, judo was her thing.

    That is all we know about Manuela. 
  • 12:06
    martyb Roy Keane would'nt touch the Irish job with a barge pole ...... FAI blazers would'nt want him.
  • 12:06
    Dave Mac 'By Mutual Consent' -he was given an offer he couldn't refuse - either his brains or his signature would be on the contract.
  • 12:16
    Oh FAI how we do love you despite your blundering ways. 

    In your "mutual consent" announcement this morning you thanked Franco Rossi...

    The name of the fitness coach you meant to thank is Fausto...

    You were almost right though. Bless.
  • 12:17
    Word in this office is that Martin O'Neill is the man set to take over. 

    When I say "this office" I mean the newsroom as opposed to the sports desk so that word could well be entirely wrong.

  • 12:23
    Here's the thing. There is talk of an interim manager... but there's a big problem with that. Ireland play the Khazaks in Landsdowne (I will call it the Aviva when they pay me to!)  If they have a stop gap in place for that game the attendance will be about 29 - including the players on the pitch. If they have a big Box Office manager installed it will be a sell-out.  That could be worth €3m to the FAI... You might want to give that some thought John.
  • 12:26
    Paddy Power has had his say...

    Martin O’Neill is the clear favourite to replace Giovanni Trapattoni.
    The former Celtic manager is as short as 4/5 to take the reins of the Irish side and is followed in the betting by Leeds manager Brian McDermott at 7/1 while former Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and Anzhi Makhachkala supremo René Muelensteen are also amongst the frontrunners at 10/1.
    Elsewhere, Roy Keane is available at 14/1 with Chris Hughton and Liam Brady available at 16/1 and 25/1 respectively.

    Those odds in full

    4/5    Martin O’Neill
    7/1    Brian McDermott
    10/1    Mick McCarthy
    10/1    René Muelensteen
    14/1    Roy Keane
    16/1    Chris Hughton
    22/1    Harry Redknapp
    25/1    Liam Brady
    25/1    Marco Tardelli
    25/1    Martin Jol
    25/1    Paul Jewell
    25/1    Kenny Dalglish
    25/1    Pat Fenlon
    25/1    Owen Coyle
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    It was three wise men who found Trapattoni. And to be fair to them all, I was the most enthusiastic advocate for Trapattoni on the basis of his CV. But unfortunately he never really applied himself to the job. I don’t think committees are what is required here. I think decisiveness is needed. Martin O’Neill is head and shoulders above anyone. He was a great manager at Celtic. He was outstanding from the beginning of his career, which was with Wycombe Wanderers. He is a very intelligent, astute manager. He's not working at the moment. He’s 61. He is very experienced, and did great work at Celtic, at Aston Villa, at Leicester City. He’s Irish and he would be perfect.

    Eamon  Dunphy. On the fence as always. 

  • 13:36
    Leave my family out of it..... Or put them front and centre. 

  • 13:39
    "At a highly anticipated press event at its Silicon Valley headquarters Tuesday afternoon, tech giant Apple officially unveiled to the public a panicked and completely idea-free man.

    The white, ultrathin man, who exhibited such features as artificial excitement, a fully quavering voice, and what appeared to be a near total lack of inspiration, was put on full display for thousands of shareholders, industry insiders, reporters, and fans today in what Apple hopes will be a game-changer for the multinational corporation.

    “This is the future of Apple,” announced the lightweight, 75-inch desperate man while being presented on stage. “We are indeed staking our company’s reputation on what you see here on this stage. And as always with Apple, you are getting a glimpse of the entire tech industry’s future today.”
  • 13:42
    We put this on the blog yesterday but I am concerned you may have missed it. And that would be a shame. A crying one. 

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    Apple shares have fallen 4 per cent in pre-bell trading (it's prolly called something else - can you check that for me subs?)

    Traders are not impressed by last night's launch or the "cheap" iPhone 5C.

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    People  are discussing Trapattoni on Liveline right now. 

    They are speaking with the wisdom of Solomon 

    Only one of those sentences is true.
  • 14:16

    Liveline poll on next manager. Lines have now closed. Awaiting results. 

    With bated breath.


  • 14:17
    Here w go.
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    Several thousand votes.

  • 14:17
    Martin O'Neill 61 per cent. 

  • 14:29
    Sorry. There were a couple of typoes in that last post such was my excitement. 

    Am better now.
  • 14:36
  • 14:43
    News is coming in of a sighting of Enda Kenny wearing Google Glasses...

    We are awating confirmation.
  • 14:44
    Yes, is true. 

  • 14:49
    Inserting stents into all the narrowed arteries of heart attack patients instead only of treating blocked arteries  could save thousands of lives according to new research.  As it stands patients are  fitted with  thin mesh tubes (or stents) in the artery that triggered the heart attack to restore the blood flow. Under the new technique, all narrowed arteries are opened with stents to prevent future problems. A British trial found that patients who are treated thus are 64 per cent less likely to die, suffer another serious heart attack or have severe angina over the next two years.

    And stents are really, really cheap.
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     “The Labour Party has failed to represent the best interests of ordinary working people or to protect the most vulnerable in our society. I am no longer prepared to represent a party which does not reflect my views or the people who elected me.”  Co Kildare councillor  Thomas Redmond has left Labour  and joined   Sinn Féin.
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    How down with the kids are you? I just did this test - for research obvs, it's not like I was on the doss -   and it turns out I am 36 per cent down with them.

    I'm not sure how that makes me feel.
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  • 16:13
    Minutes before the 9/11 attacks in New York City the New York Times looked like this....
  • 16:21
    The ERC has released a statement which suggests that there's life in the auld Heineken Cup yet. 
    Last year English and French clubs served notice that they planned to quit bitgh it and the Amlin Challenge Cup  next summer in a row over the structure of both competitions
    Now it seems that negotiations for a new deal will restart. 
    "Despite recent reports, all parties involved in the formulation of a new ERC Accord, including the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) and Premiership Rugby, have reaffirmed their commitment to the process. A meeting focused solely on the negotiations will be convened by ERC as soon as practicable," the ERC statement read.
    "It was agreed at a scheduled ERC Board meeting in Dublin today (Wednesday, 11 September 2013) that ERC would facilitate the discussions and that the current points of difference, including the share of central revenues, qualification and season dates, would all be on the table.
    "The Board reiterated that European club competitions must be organised by ERC and that any purported cross-border club tournaments needed the approval both of the IRB, and of the relevant Unions who are shareholders of ERC.
    "Surprise was expressed at the timing and content of yesterday's media announcements by the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) and Premiership Rugby, and representatives of both bodies were invited to explain their positions.
    "It was pointed out that there was a range of proposals made by stakeholders, none of which were acceptable to all parties, and it was agreed that the negotiations towards a definitive solution needed to begin again in earnest."

    So all is well. Kind of.  
  • 16:59
    Right so, that's it we're done.....Unless you have any stirring news to report/