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Tardelli Watches Town's Irish Contingent
Tardelli Watches Town's Irish Contingent
Thursday, 11th Feb 2010 08:46

Republic of Ireland assistant coach Marco Tardelli is reported to have watched Town’s 2-1 victory at QPR on Tuesday evening. The Blues named a squad including five players who qualify for the Republic in the starting line-up with two more on the bench.

Central defender Damien Delaney, who won two caps early in Giovanni Trapattoni and Marco Tardelli’s time in charge of Ireland, says he hopes to receive further calls: "The international season starts up again in the next few weeks, so if Marco Tardelli was there, then that's great. If I were to get a phone call I'd be delighted.”

Tardelli will also have been interested to run the rule over skipper Jon Walters, who has previously won Ireland B caps, U21 skipper Owen Garvan, Daryl Murphy, who won nine caps earlier in his career, and David Norris, who qualifies for the Republic but is yet to be capped at any level.

On the bench were Brian Murphy, who was named in the Ireland squad for the World Cup play-offs against France at the end of last year but is yet to win a cap, and Alan Quinn, who has won eight Irish caps.

Two more Town players previously capped by Ireland are currently on loan, Alex Bruce at Leicester and Colin Healy at Falkirk, while youngsters Ronan Murray, Ian McLoughlin and Shane O'Connor are the other players with first team squad numbers who qualify for Ireland.

Meanwhile, former Town and QPR boss Jim Magilton has been linked with the vacant manager’s job at Bradford City.

Elsewhere, it has been revealed that legendary Blues boss Sir Bobby Robson left his entire £3.6 million fortune to his family. Robson lost his battle with cancer last July at the age of 76.

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nitractorboy added 09:20 - Feb 11
MAYBE WE SHOULD RELOCATE SOME WHERE IN IRELAND LOL. IT WOULD BE VERY HANDY FOR ME FOR HOME GAMES :-)
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brockleyblueboy added 09:21 - Feb 11
I have to say what a suprise Delaney has been. At the begining of the season looked like bambi on ice, but has come on leaps and bounds. In what has been a poor season, he has really come through and probably been our most improved player and I would say is worthy of getting a call up, at least into the squad.

Also is our away kit next season going to be green?
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bedsitfc added 09:45 - Feb 11
move to ireland and called irish black cats lol
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NW10_Tractor added 10:01 - Feb 11
DD and G-Mac have been rather solid together and its great News that International Staff is keeping their beady eye on DD as recent performances show that he defo deserves a look in - He still has a banana foot though....
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OsborneOneNil added 11:20 - Feb 11
Nice one Bobby
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bleedblue added 12:09 - Feb 11
Delaney deserves a call up, Walters maybe too but with his last two performances there will be question marks??
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Sir_Bob added 12:23 - Feb 11
If Paul McShane gets a game for ROI then DD surely should get in the squad. If my mum had ginger hair she'd get in before McShane (plus she's not Irish but who gives a sh*t)
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thechangingman added 12:47 - Feb 11
If this one article doesn't sum up in microcosm the whole devastating actuality of 'Project Keane' then I don't know what does...

Many of us predicted it, most of us feared it and our current lamentable standing confirms that these are simply not going to be halycon days for Ipswich O'Town...

Oh well, it won't last for ever will it? Will it???? Please tell me it won't....
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copamundial added 13:27 - Feb 11
brockleyblueboy

Couldn't of send it better
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brogansnose added 14:29 - Feb 11
Really cant see the issue with members of our squad being from Eire.I dont care where they come from as long as they are do their best in Suffolk Blue.We dont need any xenophobia at PR.
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brogansnose added 14:43 - Feb 11
Should have added Northern Ireland to that too.
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WadzillaBhoy added 15:27 - Feb 11
People who say negative things about Keano and the job he's doing are only setting themselves up to look like fools. He will be great, just keep the faith. And if you don't agree go back to carrot road to watch your "football"! Its time to start acting like fans.
COYB
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Vic added 16:29 - Feb 11
changingman - Sad! Not sure why you'd think that an international manager looking at our players is a bad thing. Who cares where they come from! I didn't here Manure fans moaning several years ago when most of their players were either Oirish or Scot; nor Arsenal, Chelski, fans now when most of their team/squad is foreign.

TBH I'd put up with an entire team of foreigners if we go up the league!
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thechangingman added 17:17 - Feb 11
Vic - I am sad eh? For what? For not holding a view that you happen to agree with!!! I thought this was a public forum...

Ummm, am I missing something here? Are you REALLY comparing the current Town squad with Man U, Arsenal and Chelsea - man, I wish I had your optimism... :)
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halliday05 added 18:00 - Feb 11
i dont mind irsh players, actully i like them they still understand the importance of derbys.and ireland is sort of homegrown!
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bennyblue added 07:32 - Feb 12
maybe this tardelli bloke could take over from roy someone got to before he sinks us
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