Friday 2 December 2016

Damien Duff shows off his punditry prowess as he reveals a brilliant Jose Mourinho story

Published 11/06/2016 | 10:57

Euro 2016 marks a bit of a crossroads for Irish football analysis.

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RTE's Senior Analyst, John Giles, will no longer be part of the station's coverage after this summer's European Championships and with Eamon Dunphy also into the back nine of his punditry career, it is important that the national broadcaster carefully consider their eventual replacements.

Richie Sadlier has long since established himself as a vital member of the team, as has Kenny Cunningham in his occasional appearances, but the RTE panel could do with an Irish international who has recently played at the top level.

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Damien Duff looks to be that person. Duff has previously appeared on TV but last night the ex-Chelsea midfielder was brilliant on the RTE highlight's show, mastering the touchscreen technology with ease while sharing some interesting and relevant anecdotes from his playing career.

Unfortunately, Duff has said that he is reluctant to analyse Ireland games as he doesn't want to criticise his former team-mates, but as long as he delivers insightful observations about everyone else, then he will be a valuable addition to viewers.

Duff also shared one of Jose Mourinho's favourite sayings from his time at Stamford Bridge, which drew a laugh from Ray Houghton, while also revealing that Shane Long was a terrible trainer during the Dubliner's time playing with the striker.

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