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Johnny Giles isn’t ready to hang up TV boots as Bill has last hurrah

Eimear Rabbitte

Published 06/06/2014 | 12:31

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RTÉ sport presenter Bill O'Herlihy alongside RTÉ soccer pundits and former Republic of Ireland internationals John Giles and Eamon Dunphy at today's launch
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RTÉ sport presenter Bill O'Herlihy alongside RTÉ soccer pundits and former Republic of Ireland internationals John Giles and Eamon Dunphy

His co-star is about to hang-up his microphone after nearly five decades at RTE, but renowned football pundit John Giles has no intention of following in broadcaster Bill O’Herlihy’s footsteps.

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The Irish football legend has worked as an analyst with RTE since the 1980s, and has enjoyed many memorable moments alongside fellow pundit Eamon Dunphy and O’Herlihy, who will retire after this World Cup.

However, Giles (73), is staying philosophical about the future and told the Herald that he will keep working as long as he feels up to it.

“Nobody knows anything about the future, next year we could be dead and buried so we will just keep going as we are going,” said the Dubliner.

“As long as I enjoy doing it I will do it and at the moment I enjoy it.”

His friend and RTE co-star Eamon Dunphy admitted that he contemplated leaving the football panel after this summer’s World Cup, but is content to stay put for the time being.

“I always thought I would call it a day around about now, but I feel great, I’m enjoying it and I don’t know if it will be my last World Cup to be honest,” Dunphy said.

“I am still very passionate about the game, but other people can make that call.  I think once you are enjoying it you should do it, but I don’t think you should come in on a Zimmer frame,” he added.

Both pundits admitted it will be “emotional”  and “very sad” when long-running RTE broadcaster O’Herlihy hangs up his microphone this summer after 49 years working at the Montrose station.

The analysts came together with O’Herlihy to announce details of RTE’s 2014 World Cup coverage, kicking off next week, where they will be joined by a host of names, including Ronnie Whelan, Ray Houghton and new panel addition, former Celtic manager Neil Lennon.

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