'Stoke not first to approach O'Neill'

Stoke are not the first team to approach Martin O’Neill since he became Republic of Ireland manager, according to FAI chief executive John Delaney. Sky sources understand Stoke had discussions with O’Neill about replacing Mark Hughes following his sacking, but the Republic boss turned them down in order to stay with Ireland. Delaney said O’Neill ...

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O'Neill 'agrees terms' on new deal

Martin O’Neill says he has “agreed terms” on a deal that would see him remain in his current role as Republic of Ireland manager. The 65-year-old said after Ireland’s 5-1 aggregate defeat to Denmark in the World Cup play-offs in November that he would “have to have a real think” about his future. However, when asked about his contract situation ...

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Ronaldinho retires from football

Former Brazil and Barcelona forward Ronaldinho has retired from professional football, according to his agent. Roberto Assis, who is also the player’s brother, officially confirmed the forward has called time on his playing career at the age of 37. Ronaldinho has not been with a professional club since leaving Brazilian side Fluminense in 2015. Assis says Ronaldinho’s retirement will be ...

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