Friday 21 October 2016

'A grave disappointment' - Eamon Dunphy has a pop at Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane

Harry Clarke

Published 10/06/2016 | 20:16

Eamon Dunphy has had a dig at the Irish management team
Eamon Dunphy has had a dig at the Irish management team

Eamon Dunphy has launched another attack on Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane.

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The outspoken pundit says Keane should not have been openly critical of Aiden McGeady following Ireland's friendly defeat against Belarus.

Dunphy also had a pop at O'Neill, insisting his "queer" comments earlier this week were a "grave disappointment".

"I think Roy Keane's press conference afterwards was a mistake in which he hammered Aiden McGeady and he referenced a few other players as well," said Dunphy on RTE ahead of the opening Euro 2016 match between France and Romania at Stade de France.

"I think that wasn't the way it should be. And then I think Martin O'Neill's deeply unfortunate remarks were a grave disappointment.

"The Keane stuff can impact on the squad. We have to be charitable, perhaps, and hope that there's no negatives there.

"I have a feeling of unease about those remarks Roy Keane made. I don't think he should be criticising the players in public. He's the assistant manager. I don't think he should have made such a big deal of Aiden McGeady."

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Dunphy was on the receiving end of a dig from O'Neill when he spoke at a Today FM media event in Cork recently.

"To be criticised by a failed manager is bad enough but to be criticised by a failed player like Eamon Dunphy...," O'Neill said.

"I have to have a laugh at this, I heard Eamon once said, and I can't do the Dublin accent, 'I was a good player, not a great player...', No Eamon, you weren't even a good player.

"You can't call yourself a good player if you've never played in the big league. He couldn't make the grade at Manchester United and he's been pontificating for years."

And earlier this week Dunphy, speaking on RTE 2FM's Game On, hit back, saying: "He started Daryl Murphy in the big games against Scotland and Germany.

"We were hopeless in the Aviva against Scotland because of team selection and because of the kind of game he wants to play. It's very conservative, long ball stuff.

"I mean he signed Emile Heskey twice."

It could be a long few weeks.

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