Wednesday 28 September 2016

Sadlier brings level-headed calm to proceedings

Published 11/06/2015 | 02:30

'The previous contributions of Richie Sadlier would indicate that, in a different manner to Giles, he will offer serious substance to the broadcast'
'The previous contributions of Richie Sadlier would indicate that, in a different manner to Giles, he will offer serious substance to the broadcast'

The Irish public won't get to see the 'Three Amigos' this Saturday evening when Ireland take on Scotland. What they will see will be insightful and honest analysis.

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The absence of John Giles in the studio has been lamented by many.

The "senior analyst", as the recently deceased Bill O'Herlihy often referred to him, has been a such a familiar figure in Irish households that he holds a similar place in our mindset as his former colleague.

His contempt for the trappings of the modern game are often reflective of the everyday punter. His role as no-nonsense, yet supremely gifted midfielder with Manchester Utd, Leeds and Ireland, adds serious weight on such topics.

However, if we are to put sentimentality to one side, the question is whether Giles's absence weakens the RTÉ offering? The previous contributions of Richie Sadlier would indicate that, in a different manner to Giles, he will offer serious substance to the broadcast.

That is not a poor reflection on Giles. Indeed, he remains one of the most knowledgeable brains in Irish football, but the inclusion of Sadlier ensures that when the emotions run high in the studio - a likely event should the home side fail to win at the Aviva - the former Millwall striker will bring a level-headed calm to proceedings.

The 'Holy Trinity' of Giles, Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady is unique in its ability to entertain a non-football audience.

Arguments are never far away, particularly when they're discussing under-whelming performances from the national team.

Sadlier is the yin to their yang, fielding questions and discussing topical issues with clarity and sound rationale.

We know the general propensity for people to rail against change, but the young pretender is more than worthy of a place in the now "interchangeable" panel.

Irish Independent

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