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    Quote Originally Posted by liamoo11 View Post
    Kenny has done very well with ronan I think. Ronan spent almost all first half of season on bench and rarely involved at walsall and then made what seems a strange move to slovakian football. Would have been easy for Kenny to have disregarded him

    Pity Norwich are having such a good season idah would surely have been close to a debut there
    Newstalk aired a half hour interview with Kenny yesterday in which Kenny specifically spoke of how good a player Ronan is but that he can't play in a team that.goes back to front fast. Kenny said you need to play through Ronan. For two of the goals that was definitely the case. Kenny spoke about the loan moves and how the style of play may not have suited him at the clubs. So the writing was on the wall there from that interview.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buller View Post
    I heard that over 5000 tickets sold for the game against Luxembourg in Tallaght Stadium tomorrow?! Surely that cant be right.
    4772 confirmed attendance

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    There's genuine cause for excitement with Kenny. In word and deed he seems to be the antidote to 15 years of reductive tactics and treading international water. You ultimately live and die by the quality of player available of course, but he'll no doubt promote some of these lads with him next year and the likes of Ronan and Idah look ready for it. Yeah, it was Luxembourg but there's something different in the air...

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    Crikey, Adam Idah, whatever level you put him at he just scores. Remember that again he's playing an age group higher as he's only just turned 18. Probably a bit premature to be thinking of putting him in the senior squad for the qualifiers in June but he should be monitored very, very closely for the rest of the season, pre-season and the start of next season with an eye on the Bulgaria and New Zealand games

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    Idah could do worse than looking for a loan move to play some senior football such is his progression.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sullivinho View Post
    There's genuine cause for excitement with Kenny. In word and deed he seems to be the antidote to 15 years of reductive tactics and treading international water. You ultimately live and die by the quality of player available of course, but he'll no doubt promote some of these lads with him next year and the likes of Ronan and Idah look ready for it. Yeah, it was Luxembourg but there's something different in the air...
    Ya know there's a couple points you make in there that are very interesting. Kenny put faith in, for example, Neil Farrugia who is 19 and has very little LOI experience and even less at the Premier Division level. He trusted the ability of the lad. Conor Ronan has bounced around lower level English sides to little success in recent times but was trusted to play by Kenny. Young Idah, ditto.

    The points that Kenny made in his programme notes for Dundalk that we all heard about are being put into action. After the year we have had, I think we would all rather if we went and tried something instead of focusing on our limitations like the previous senior and under 21 managers did.

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    There's a few golden touches from Kenny so far. He spoke glowingly of O'Shea and it looks like O'Shea is on a lot of radars. He spoke very highly of Farrugia and Scales and they're off to Man City for training. He spoke about Ronan before the Lux game stating he can prosper once he's playing in a side that goes through the lines and Ronan goes and assists a goal or two and looks brilliantly sharp between the midfield and forward lines. Someone on here questioned why Ndaba was in the squad before Ryan Nolan and Ndaba looks to make his senior debut this year. He has an eye for a player...

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    O'Shea did look the better of the two centre halves against Luxembourg. You could see the difference first team football, even at league two, was having on him compared to Masterson

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    I'd like to see the 19s eligible lads (Parrott, Idah, Coventry, L O'Connor, Kavanagh, Collins, Connolly) kept for Armenia. And use the Toulon tournament to work with the lads he's already worked with, along with the likes of: Ryan Nolan, Tyreke Wilson, Josh Barrett, Kian Flanagan, Ronan Hale, Simon Power
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    I would take hodge to toulon

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    Quote Originally Posted by liamoo11 View Post
    I would take hodge to toulon
    good shout. Would be excellent for him to work with Kenny. Spoke to his father at the 17s match. Seemed like a really nice guy. You’d hope that bringing him straight to the 21s wouldn’t lead England to put undue pressure on the boy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elatedscum View Post
    good shout. Would be excellent for him to work with Kenny. Spoke to his father at the 17s match. Seemed like a really nice guy. You’d hope that bringing him straight to the 21s wouldn’t lead England to put undue pressure on the boy.
    I think there will be plenty of pressure on him to switch both now and in the future. Hodge is a little unusual in that he is the first dual I can remember who played for both England and Ireland during his 17 season and was first choice for both but decided to play for us. Him and his family would clearly have known that doing this meant he could only switch once .

    If you were cynical about it in his shoes then surely the play would be to stick with England for under 17 where he was first choice and would have expected to have had a better chance to win a tournament or qualify for the world cup and save your chance to switch back to us until you were older and saw how your career was panning out. Especially if commercially been involved with England even underage is worth more money.

    I think we need to do what we feel is best for his development for us and taking him to toulon with the manager who will have an opportunity to pick him at senior level if he continues to develop would be a positive I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elatedscum View Post
    good shout. Would be excellent for him to work with Kenny. Spoke to his father at the 17s match. Seemed like a really nice guy. You’d hope that bringing him straight to the 21s wouldn’t lead England to put undue pressure on the boy.
    Sean Rice was supposed to be sound too. We won't mention Grealish Senior!

    What's the connection with us?

    Bringing Hodge into the 19s might be a bit much as they have had a lot of players earn qualification. The 20s might be a decent step.

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    The Toulon Tournament will be televised on FreeSports according to https://www.live-footballontv.com/.

    Only two of the Ireland games are listed though.

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