Giles: the ruthlessly pragmatic football analyst who has no time for spoofers
In the end, he deserved better. But don't they all? While the romantics among us may have hoped that John Giles would end his 30-year association with RTÉ as senior football analyst with a game that would befit his years of punditry, it's unlikely such a thought ever entered the man's mind.
If it did, he would surely have dismissed it as foolish.
As ruthlessly pragmatic an analyst as he was a player, the former midfield maestro turned studio lynch pin has always embodied the sort of values which scoff at such frippery, which is the reason he has undoubtedly been one of the most important voices in Irish football.