Hold the Back Page – A busy week for Irish football

HTBP seaniemacNeil Sherwin, Ger McCarthy and Paul Little discuss Irish international and domestic football, review the Capitol One Cup Final, and look ahead to a weekend of Premier League and FA Cup fixtures.

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There were international friendlies galore this midweek, and Ireland’s defeat to Serbia is the first port of call with the lads discussing whether the new managerial team’s bubble has burst. England’s narrow win over Denmark is also on the agenda with their new reliance on Liverpool players of particular interest to Paul

The League of Ireland makes a welcome return this weekend with new boys Keith Fahey and Stephen McPhail sure to make a big impact. Ger is optimistic about Cork City’s chances under their new boss, while a changing of the guard at Bray Wanderers could see them struggle. There’s also discussion on the future of a couple of the country’s iconic stadiums, Tolka Park and Dalymount Park.

Manchester City’s Capitol One Cup Final win has Neil feel rather smug as Ger and Paul have no choice but to praise their second half showing at Wembley, albeit through slightly gritted teeth.

The FA Cup quarter finals take place this weekend, as well five Premier League games, and all that leads to a discussion over whether winning a trophy is worth if it comes with relegation in the same season.

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