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Darron Gibson out for a month with thigh strain

Everton star Gibson out of action for a month after suffering thigh strain

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UPDATED:

14:33 GMT, 31 December 2012

Everton midfielder Darron Gibson will be out of action for at least a month after suffering a thigh strain.

The Irishman will miss the Merseysiders’ fixtures against Newcastle, Swansea, Southampton and West Brom in January.

Everton manager David Moyes said: 'I think he's going to be out for about four weeks.

Gibson should be back in time for the clash against former club Manchester United on February 10.

Injured: Gibson will be out for at least a month

Injured: Gibson will be out for at least a month

The 25-year-old spent more than two months on the sidelines earlier in the season with a similar problem.

He missed 10 Barclays Premier League matches as a result and a further absence is a significant blow to Everton as he has been one of their key players since arriving in January.

Moyes still has Kevin Mirallas (hamstring), Tony Hibbert (calf) and Seamus Coleman out, while Phil Neville (knee) had to be rested against Chelsea having played two matches in five days on his comeback from surgery.

I should have taken Seamus Coleman to Euro 2012 finals, admits Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni

I should have taken Coleman to Euro 2012 finals, admits Ireland boss Trapattoni

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UPDATED:

18:42 GMT, 15 November 2012

Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni admits he was wrong to leave Everton's Seamus Coleman out of his squad for last summer's European Championships finals.

The former Sligo Rovers defender was
omitted from Ireland's disastrous Euro 2012 campaign and Trapattoni
turned instead to Hull City's Paul McShane as potential cover for
Richard Dunne, Sean St Ledger and John O'Shea.

Impressive: Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman, left,

Impressive: Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman (left)

But after an outstanding start to Ireland's latest World Cup campaign, and his man of the match performance against Greece in Dublin on Wednesday night, Trapattoni says Everton full-back Coleman has earned the right to be among the starters for the resumption of qualifiers next year.

And the Ireland manager says he may have been wrong to leave the 24-year-old Donegal-born utility man who won his ninth cap against the Greeks this week.

Trapattoni said: 'We deserved to qualify for the Euros and the team was very well in every position. I had a heavy job with Paul McShane and had to disappoint Kevin Foley.

'Coleman was not ready for this group but we followed him and he has played in forward positions for his club and also as a defender.

Mistake: Giovanni Trapattoni

Mistake: Giovanni Trapattoni

'Now he is good for us and we have trust
in him. He has confirmed his personality, quality, strength and
attitude and plays offensive football without fear and that was
important. He plays every game with his club and in every game he
grows.'

Meanwhile, Trapattoni is hoping to have Richard Dunne back in the squad for the crucial double header against Sweden and Austria in March.

The Aston Villa defender, who has not played this season due to a groin injury picked up with Ireland, is back in training, although he has been told he can leave Villa Park by manager Paul Lambert.

Trapattoni said: 'I am frequently in touch with him and his injury is not easy. He said he will start training in 15 days, and I hope we have two months. He has to play for his club and if he is ready, sure he will play.

'For us it's important he comes back. But also Ciaran Clark's performance was very positive against Greece and with Darren O'Dea and Sean St Ledger, we have good options at centre back.'

Robbie Keane and Shay Given dropped from Ireland squad

Keane and Given dropped from Ireland squad as Trapattoni puts faith in youth

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UPDATED:

14:21 GMT, 20 July 2012

Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has dispensed with the services of his old guard for next month's friendly clash with Serbia.

The 73-year-old Italian has left thirty-somethings Shay Given, Richard Dunne, Damien Duff, Keith Andrews, Stephen Hunt and skipper Robbie Keane out of the 23-man party for the game in Belgrade on August 15.

However, their absence does not mean their international careers are over with Trapattoni keen to call upon some, if not all, of them once the World Cup qualifying campaign gets under way in Kazakhstan in September.

Taking a backseat: Robbie Keane (right) has been left out of the squad

Taking a backseat: Robbie Keane (right) has been left out of the squad

In the meantime, he will give some of his younger players – in particular Stoke's Marc Wilson, Everton's Seamus Coleman and Wigan midfielder James McCarthy, who asked not to be considered for the Euro 2012 finals as his father underwent cancer treatment – a chance to prove themselves at senior international level.

Trapattoni said: 'This friendly offers us a great opportunity to try out younger players ahead of our World Cup qualifying campaign.

'As a result, I have decided to leave some of our senior players out of the squad for this fixture.

'Serbia are a very good team with a great football heritage, and will provide us with a great test before our game against Kazakhstan in September.'

Trapattoni had informed his senior men in advance that they would not be involved, but revealed that Wolves defender Kevin Foley, who accused the manager of betrayal after he was deselected from the squad for the Euros during the pre-tournament training camp in Montecatini, had rejected an offer to return, although not necessarily permanently.

McCarthy, one of the men the Ireland boss believes could give his side greater versatility, is likely to start in Belgrade as the Republic attempt to return to the kind of form which took them to Poland and Ukraine, rather than that which they showed while they were there.

Trapattoni said: 'I am looking forward to working with each of these players next month.

Under fire: Giovanni Trapattoni (left) came in for criticism at Euro 2012

Under fire: Giovanni Trapattoni (left) came in for criticism at Euro 2012

'As we prepare for a new journey for this team, it is important that we remember our last campaign as we build for a brighter future.'

Ireland returned from the Euros without a point to their names after successive Group C defeats by Croatia and finalists Spain and Italy.

In each of the first two games, they suffered as a result of uncharacteristic defensive frailty, which saw them concede early goals from which they never recovered.

At the other end of the pitch, they managed only one strike themselves, defender Sean St Ledger's equaliser against the Croatians, as Keane and his fellow frontmen struggled for clear-cut chances.

Trapattoni was criticised for his reliance on his senior men during the tournament with Given and Keane in particular struggling to reach the standards they have set themselves throughout their senior international careers.

Ireland will once again find themselves in a tough group as they attempt to reach the World Cup finals for the first time since 2012 having been controversially denied a trip to South Africa two years ago in a play-off against France.

Germany will be the favourites to win Group C, which also includes Sweden, Austria and the Faroe Islands, as well as the Kazakhs.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SQUAD

Keiren Westwood (Sunderland), David
Forde (Millwall), Darren Randolph (Motherwell)

Marc Wilson (Stoke),
John O'Shea (Sunderland), Sean St Ledger (Leicester), Darren O'Dea
(Unattached), Stephen Ward (Wolves), Stephen Kelly (Fulham), Paul
McShane (Hull)

Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Darron Gibson (Everton), James
McCarthy (Wigan), Paul Green (Leeds), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Aiden
McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Andy Keogh (Millwall), James McClean
(Sunderland), Keith Treacy (Burnley)

Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Shane Long
and Simon Cox (both West Brom), Jon Walters (Stoke)

Euro 2012: The four players whose Ireland careers look over

Fab four left to consider a final split: Irish old guard set for international farewell

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22:04 GMT, 15 June 2012

Now here’s the quandary. Giovanni Trapattoni, if he is to stay on as manager of the Republic of Ireland, will want his senior players to stay. He said so on Friday. We think.

This was his actual answer to the question of players retiring.

‘We think about that,’ he said. ‘We have also not a doubt. We have to have respect for the team that’s coming to this Euros but also in this near past we prepared not the list, not too long the list. One or two we have not in the mind, in the next, the new players can come with us but it’s not the moment. We need to have respect. We have to clarify.’

What next Robbie Keane, Damien Duff and Richard Dunne will consider their international futures

What next Robbie Keane, Damien Duff and Richard Dunne will consider their international futures

So that’s cleared that up…

Euro 2012

But do the likes of Shay Given, Richard Dunne, Damien Duff and Robbie Keane want him to stick around At the moment, no one is quite sure.

The four oldest and most experienced players have taken the defeats here in Poland hard. And personally.

And Trapattoni’s management style, which was once quirky, appealing and effective, is starting to lose its shine.

As they ponder their futures on the beaches in the coming weeks, and months, the gang of four’s legs and minds and families will play as much of a part in their decision as the identity of the Ireland manager. Their club careers will also be of great concern.

But since Liam Brady quit the Irish camp, a vital link between the Italian, Marco Tardelli and Fausto Rossi has been lost. And so has the old man’s aura, charisma and impact. And if the old heads can’t grasp him now, what must the likes of James McClean, James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman make of it

Ready to throw in the towel Shay Given could quit playing for Ireland

Ready to throw in the towel Shay Given could quit playing for Ireland

The older players were not only brought up on the likes of Quinn and Keane (Roy), they played with them. So they knew the limitations of this squad, as well as the potential of some of the younger ones.

But the humiliating way they have been exposed, and Trapattoni’s failure to adapt before and during matches, and change his style of playing — which first came to light in the home qualifier with Russia — has been depressing for players and supporters alike.

Given admitted he is uncertain about his future with Ireland as the entire squad come to terms with the humiliation. Ireland’s Road to Rio starts with a trip to Kazakhstan in September and at the age of 36 he may not have the stomach for starting another long qualifying campaign and adding to his 124 caps.

Asked if he had another competition in him, Given said: ‘I don’t know, it’s all a bit raw at the moment because we’ve lost an important game. At some point I’m going to have to make a decision. I’ll go home and I’ll have a long, hard think about it.

Fresh start: Will Giovanni Trapattoni stay on as Ireland manager

Fresh start: Will Giovanni Trapattoni stay on as Ireland manager

‘It’s something for me to think about when I’m on holiday and I’ll discuss it with my family first before I make a decision.

‘I’m hurting really badly at the moment so it would be foolish to make a decision. I think it might be time to step aside and let somebody else come into the side now.’

The seeds in Ireland’s World Cup 2014 group are Germany, who have been one of the teams of this tournament.

Their assistant manager Hansi Flick was dismissive of the Ireland squad long before a World Cup ball has been kicked. ‘Spain were very good,’ he said in response to questions surrounding the Spaniards’ chances of retaining their Euro title. ‘But they were up against a somewhat inferior team: Ireland.’

O"Brien retains grip on Classics as 20-1 shot Was lands Oaks shock

O'Brien retains grip on Classics as 20-1 shot Was lands Oaks shock under Heffernan

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UPDATED:

16:02 GMT, 1 June 2012

Aidan O'Brien's Was claimed victory in the Investec Oaks at Epsom in the hands of Seamus Heffernan.

The 20-1 chance was ridden positively in the early stages of the mile-and-a-half contest, just tracking the early pace set by Nayarra, with stablemate Twirl also well to the fore.

Classic shock: Was (right), ridden by Seamie Heffernan, wins the Investec Oaks

Classic shock: Was (right), ridden by Seamie Heffernan, wins the Investec Oaks

Investec Oaks 2012 result

1 Was (J A Heffernan) 20-1

2 Shirocco Star (D Holland) 16-1

3 The Fugue (William Buick) 11-4 Fav

12 ran Also: 9-2 Vow 4th

Non Runners: 6, 11

Leading fancy Vow ranged up to make a race of it at the top of the home straight, but Was quickened best of all against the far rail to take top honours by a neck.

Shirocco Star ran a stormer to finish second, with 11-4 favourite The Fugue coming from a long way back to claim third and Vow fourth.

Even with Kissed having been withdrawn earlier in the day, Was featured among five O'Brien-trained fillies in the race, with 1,000 Guineas third Maybe the most fancied.

Was won her only juvenile appearance at the Curragh last August, but was beaten into third in last month's Blue Wind Stakes at Naas.

Everyone else in the shade: Aidan O'Brien (left) and John Magnier (right)

Everyone else in the shade: Aidan O'Brien (left) and John Magnier (right)

Everyone else in the shade: Aidan O'Brien (left) and John Magnier (right)

In a race where it proved sensible to be prominent off a slow gallop, the three-year-old showed plenty of dash to claim a surprise victory.

Shirocco Star's run was particularly meritorious given she was fractious in the preliminaries.

Oaks queen: Heffernan gave Was a positive ride to land the spoils at Epsom

Oaks queen: Heffernan gave Was a positive ride to land the spoils at Epsom

Seamus salute: Heffernan celebrates his Oaks win

Seamus salute: Heffernan celebrates his Oaks win

The Fugue and William Buick were
short of room in the early stages and ended up further back than ideal,
but she finished off her race well and arguably goes down as an unlucky
loser.

Vow travelled like the winner for a long way and ran a creditable race in fourth.

Maybe
was another filly who was a long way back for much of the journey in
the hands of the trainer's son, Joseph, before staying on for fifth.

Heffernan said: 'I had enough horse to take two lengths when I needed it.

'I've been very lucky in these colours and I have the owners to thank for trusting me.

'I was on the bridle and had plenty of petrol. When you have plenty of petrol you can go where you like.'

O'Brien was securing his fourth Oaks success, with his last victory in the Epsom Classic arriving with Alexandrova in 2006.

The master of Ballydoyle was also preserving his unbeaten record in British Classics this term after Camelot and Homecoming Queen struck in the 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas respectively.

O'Brien said: 'Seamus gave her a lovely ride, she came on lovely from her first run so we were delighted.

'She's a very good looking filly with a great pedigree. He's a great fellow, Seamus, a world-class jockey. He knows all these horses inside out and and nobody deserves it more.'

O'Brien said of Maybe, who ran on to take fifth: 'She ran well, she was coming there and coming there but a mile and a quarter might be as far as she wants to go.'

Darryl Holland, rider of Shirocco Star, said: 'I don't think she was unlucky. The way the race was run it was a bit tactical.

'The winner had the rail and kept out-battling me towards the end.

'I was pressing the button at the furlong marker but the other horse just pulled out a bit more.

'I needed a better gallop and I had to be handier than I wanted to be at an earlier stage.'

Can't catch me: Was and Seamus Heffernan hold on to win the Oaks

Can't catch me: Was and Seamus Heffernan hold on to win the Oaks

Johnny Murtagh said of Vow: 'They went very slow and I thought I had it at one stage but I thought she'd quicken better than she did.'

Was now has the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh in July as a possible conditional aim.

O'Brien said: 'There's no doubt she's progressing all the time and she's a filly who we are really looking forward to.

Tactical affair: Was (right) just held off Shirocco Star

Tactical affair: Was (right) just held off Shirocco Star

'It (the Irish Oaks) is possible, but we need to let the boys speak about things during the week.'

Maybe could revert to a mile for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot later in the month.

O'Brien said: 'She might even go back (in trip) to the Coronation – she has a miler's pace.'

Deserved Classic success: Heffernan takes the plaudits after a great ride on Was

Deserved Classic success: Heffernan takes the plaudits after a great ride on Was

Ched Evans released by Sheffield United after being jailed for rape

Shamed Evans released by Sheffield United after being jailed for rape

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UPDATED:

12:43 GMT, 30 May 2012

Jailed: Wales striker Ched Evans was jailed for five years

Jailed: Wales striker Ched Evans was jailed for five years

Shamed Ched Evans has been shown the door by Sheffield United just a month after he was found guilty of rape.

The 23-year-old striker, who scored 35 goals last season and was named in the League One Team of the Year, was among 11 players released by the Blades.

Evans missed the last three games of the regular season after being jailed for five years for raping the then 19-year-old who was 'too drunk to consent' following a night out in Rhyl, north Wales, last May. He has indicated he will appeal.

The Blades paid 3million to Manchester City for Evans in the summer of 2009 and the 23-year-old, who signed a three-year contract, made 113 appearances, scoring a total of 48 goals.

Penalty heartache goalkeeper Steve Simonsen, 33, has also been released from their defeat in the League One play-off final.

Simonsen made a series of oustanding
saves in Saturday's penalty shoot-out defeat to Huddersfield before
missing the decisive spot-kick in their agonising 8-7 defeat.

The former Everton and Stoke goalkeeper, a free signing after an initial
loan spell in July 2010, made 103 starts for the Blades and two
substitute appearances.

Controversy: Evans was named in the League One Team of the Year

Controversy: Evans was named in the League One Team of the Year

Fellow first-team players James Beattie, Johnny Ertl and Andy Taylor,
who hit a post in the shoot-out, have also been released along with
reserve-team players Jack Adams, Connor Brown, Seamus Conneely, Corey
Gregory, Shane Murray and Marc Warren.

New deals have been offered to midfield pair Kevin McDonald and Lee Williamson plus striker Chris Porter.

Martin O"Neill has turned Sunderland into Wonderland

Mr Motivator: So, exactly how HAS O'Neill turned Sunderland into Wonderland

It was a small gesture but it was a significant moment for Jack Colback, and summed up the impact Martin O’Neill has made on Sunderland.

The new manager had just finished acknowledging the drenched and delighted travelling support at Wigan’s DW Stadium on Tuesday night when he turned to make his way to the warmth of the away dressing room.

Infectious: Martin O'Neill's impact at Sunderland has been remarkable

Infectious: Martin O'Neill's impact at Sunderland has been remarkable

And then he spotted Colback, walking
alone, lost in the delirium of Sunderland’s best away win for four
years. O’Neill hopped over and gave the 22-year-old midfielder a hug,
whispering in his ear as he did so. On Thursday the graduate from
Sunderland’s academy signed a new two-year extension.

‘There’s been a lot of that,’ said one Sunderland player. ‘He has taken all the players to one side, put his arm round them, and just made them feel good about themselves. He doesn’t pick out any negatives at all. He just tells everyone they are brilliant, and to keep doing the right things. He has something special. No one is quite sure what it is, but he has it.’

O’Neill has not — as yet — introduced any innovative changes to the players’ diets, but he has insisted on them reporting for duty later than the previous regime, especially on match days, because he doesn’t want them sitting around, tensing up.

The new Sunderland are all about energy and action.

Training sessions have, as if mimicking the man himself, a new intensity. This is evident at the club’s Academy of Light, the expanse of custom-built training pitches complete with canteen, gym and swimming pool.

The Northern Irishman has been on the pitches every day. This hands-on coaching with new assistant Steve Walford, goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh and fitness coach Jim Henry is slightly different to his past dealings at Aston Villa and Celtic, where he tended to leave the day-to-day team training to others. Perhaps it is a sign he is rejuvenated by his 18-month absence from football.

An amazing transformation: O'Neill has breathed new life into Sunderland following Steve Bruce's costly, stale reign

An amazing transformation: O'Neill has breathed new life into Sunderland following Steve Bruce's costly, stale reign

He is also managing a team which, he has admitted, are close to his heart, bringing much-needed energy and enthusiasm to a club which was in serious danger of becoming embroiled in a relegation fight again.

Arguably the easiest decision O’Neill had to make soon after joining Sunderland was to give captain Lee Cattermole an extended rest.

The 23-year-old former Middlesbrough and Wigan midfielder was suspended for the new man’s first game, and was disappointed but perhaps not surprised to be left out for the second one, a 1-0 defeat at Tottenham.

Hands on: O'Neill embraces Lee Cattermole

Hands on: O'Neill embraces Wes Brown

Hands on: O'Neill embraces Lee Cattermole (left) and Wes Brown

And when news broke that the skipper and team-mate Nicklas Bendtner had been arrested, after marking O’Neill’s media unveiling with some allegedly over-zealous celebrations in Newcastle, it looked certain that Cattermole would be left out even longer, and the armband given to John O’Shea permanently.

Instead, Cattermole was taken to one side and assured his future was safe. In the past two games, he has put in his two best performances in red and white. And the armband still sat proudly round his upper arm.

He told Sportsmail: ‘The gaffer’s given everyone a real confidence. A new manager would always give you a lift in situations like we were in but maybe not as well as under this manager. He is very intelligent and he has a massive passion. It has shown on the pitch.’

Results game: Ji Dong-won snatches three points against leaders Manchester City

Results game: Ji Dong-won snatches three points against leaders Manchester City

O’Neill has emphasised the need for a clean slate, and proved it with actions as well as his wise words. As well as Cattermole, he restored Titus Bramble to the first team after taking in a windswept reserves win over Manchester United.

He also recalled Matt Kilgallon after 18 months, he handed James McClean his first start and asked Craig Gardner to play at right back.
All Bruce signings of course. But all responding to Martin O’Neill’s magic.

THE BIG SHOCKS OVER THE FESTIVE FESTIVE PERIOD

There have been plenty of surprises in the Premier League over the Christmas and New Year period, but no team has fared better than O'Neill's Sunderland.

Sunderland top of the table: Big shocks over the festive period