We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.

6 great sport channels

Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA

All free when you join eir Broadband

Subscribe to eir Sport
Published: 01:09 | 8/8/16

Long hopes to win over new boss Puel

Southampton striker Shane Long hopes to cement his place as a regular starter under new boss Claude Puel at St Mary's this season.

Long, who scored the only goal of the game in Saints’ 1-0 pre-season win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, is keen to lead the line in Southampton's Premier League opener against Watford on Saturday.

The Republic of Ireland striker, who signed a new four-year deal with the Saints in July, only became a regular starter at St Mary's midway through last season under then-manager Ronald Koeman.

Koeman has since departed to become Everton boss, while last season's top scorers Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle have departed for Liverpool and Chinese club Shandong Luneng respectively.

Long, who has scored 21 goals in 73 games since joining Southampton from Hull for £12m in 2014, hopes his pre-season performances have impressed Puel, who left Ligue Un side Nice in June to take over from Koeman.

"I feel like I’ve played well in pre-season and that I’ve put my name forward to be in the starting eleven, but there’s Charlie [Austin], Jay [Rodriguez] and Nathan [Redmond] there as well for those positions and hopefully I’ll get the nod on Saturday," Long told the club's official website.

"I know I’m going to have to play well to keep my position in the team because we’ve got a lot of quality in the squad.

"I haven’t really got a good run week-in, week-out for a whole season here. The end of last season was good so hopefully I can do that for 38 games."

In other Southampton news, Puel says he expects Portugal international defender Jose Fonte to stay at the club despite speculation linking the Euro 2016 winner with Manchester United.

"Yes [I expect him to stay]. He is a very important player for the squad and the team," the Frenchman told Sky Sports.

"It's fantastic to have two players that are champions of Europe, with Cedric Soares.

"Only we can say that. Jose came back with the squad and it's important to keep him with a good head and attitude."

Setanta Sports is now eir Sport. We have 6 great channels of live sport including eir Sport 1 & 2 and all 4 BT Sport channels. The eir Sport pack is free to all eir broadband customers. To learn more about setting sport free visit www.eir.ie/sport .

Superb Kane fires Spurs to second

19:39 | 26/2/17

Harry Kane scored his third hat-trick in nine games helping Spurs to a 4-0 win over Stoke City in the Premier League at White Hart Lane.

Man Utd win EFL Cup

19:38 | 26/2/17

A late Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal helped Manchester United claim the EFL Cup with a 3-2 win over an impressive Southampton at Wembley.

Mourinho: Zlatan won us trophy

19:34 | 26/2/17

Jose Mourinho insists Zlatan Ibrahimovic won his side the EFL Cup after the Swede headed home late-on as Manchester United beat Southampton 3-2 at Wembley.

Gavin praises Dublin's mental resolve

18:52 | 26/2/17

Dublin manger Jim Gavin has praised his team’s mental resolve following their Allianz League Division 1 draw with Donegal that takes the Dubs to 32 matches unbe...

Klopp not worried about inactivity

18:57 | 26/2/17

Jurgen Klopp insists his players will be able to switch on their competitive instincts after their longest period without a game this season.

What’s in the eir Sport Pack?

We’ve got heartstopping action across 6 great sports channels, with 42 Premier League games, every Champions League game and every Europa League game, as well as UFC, Allianz Leagues GAA, Golf, F1 and much more.