EAMON Dunphy has hit back at interim Ireland football manager Noel King's claims that he came to close to breaking his nose when they were opponents in the 1970s.
The RTE star said he has no recollection of the incident occurring, and claims King has had his “15 minutes of fame”.
On Wednesday, King indicated there was a long-standing rivalry between himself and the outspoken pundit, referring to a particular occasion in the 1970s when they crossed paths at Shamrock Rovers.
King was rumoured to have broken Dunphy's nose in a training pitch bust-up.
He didn't dispute that there was a disagreement, but denied the specifics.
"I didn't break his nose," he said, laughing. "Not at all. He ran away too quick. I couldn't catch him."
But Mr Dunphy hit back today saying that King is simply seeking his "15 minutes" of fame and denied there was ever an altercation between them.
"He was sent off once in 1978 in a match where I was playing on the opposite team. How long ago was 1978?" he told the Irish Independent.
King and Dunphy have been embroiled in a war of words over the last week with Dunphy criticising his team selection and game plan against Germany and Kazakhstan.
However, Dunphy says he doesn’t have an agenda against King.
"I was extremely complimentary to Noel King all last week and there's no truth to it [the claims of a long-standing rift].
"I’ve never been involved in an altercation with Noel King.
"I never climbed over any fence - I don't have a head for heights.
“The guy’s having his 15 minutes," he added.
Mr Dunphy said he hadn't even heard of the comments made by King until he began receiving more than a dozen phone calls in relation to it.
However, he said he is wary of giving a heated response for fear of giving the story "legs".
"I've been sitting here all morning working, I’ve had 16 phone calls about this," he explained.
"Every time you give it legs, it grows for another few days."
The interim manager's spell in charge has been dominated by his dispute with the RTE panel, specifically Dunphy, after he called them a 'comedy show' in response to their strong criticism of his team selection in Germany last Friday.
It flared up again after Tuesday's win over Kazakhstan, with King on the receiving end following his post-match interview with Tony O'Donoghue.
Dunphy subsequently described King's reaction as 'stupid'.
At a press conference yesterday, King shook hands with RTE’s O’Donoghue and insisted there was no problem.
By Caitlin McBride