|Full name||Richard Sadlier|
|Date of birth||14 January 1979|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Republic of Ireland U18|
|Republic of Ireland U20|
|2002||Republic of Ireland||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Richard "Richie" Sadlier (born 14 January 1979 in Dublin) is an Irish former professional footballer and former CEO of St Patrick's Athletic. Since retirement from the professional game he has worked as a pundit with RTÉ Sport.
Richard helped Millwall towards becoming 2000–01 Second Division Champions but was forced to watch from the stand as Millwall reached the 2004 FA Cup Final in his final season. A striker, Sadlier scored 34 goals in 103 starts for Millwall. In an interview with the BBC, Mark McGhee named Sadlier as potentially the best young centre forward he had ever worked with in his managerial career. In 2003, Sadlier retired from the professional game due to a hip injury at the age of 24.
Sadlier's only cap at senior level came against Russia in a friendly at Lansdowne Road on 13 February 2002. He was highly favoured to make Mick McCarthy's final 23-man Republic of Ireland squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, but had to withdraw with a hip injury which ultimately ended his football career prematurely.
In 2008, Sadlier joined RTÉ's panel of pundits for its League of Ireland coverage, dominated by Monday Night Soccer. He later contributed to RTÉ Sport's coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He became a panellist on RTÉ Two's Premier Soccer Saturday, and covered the 2010–11 Premier League. In 2012, Sadlier was a studio analyst as part of RTÉ Sport's coverage of UEFA Euro 2012, and also appeared on Craig Doyle Live on 11 June 2012. In June 2013, he was part of RTÉ Sport's coverage of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup alongside Ronnie Whelan and Kenny Cunningham. He was also part of RTÉ Sport's studio coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was also part of RTÉ Sport's studio coverage of the UEFA Euro 2016.
Sadlier has spoken publicly of suffering from depression, particularly following the death of fellow professional Gary Speed. Sadlier holds a BSc in Sports Science from the University of Surrey and a Higher Diploma and MA in Psychotherapy from Dublin Business School.
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