Friday 21 October 2016

'He signed Emile Heskey TWICE' - Eamon Dunphy slams Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill

Published 08/06/2016 | 20:12

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

Former Republic of Ireland international and pundit Eamon Dunphy has had a go at the Republic of Ireland management team of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane on the day after they both signed new deals with the FAI.

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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.

"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."

Speaking on Game On and RTÉ 2FM this evening, Dunphy claimed that the Derry native still didn't know what his best XI was and that fans shouldn't be surprised if O'Neill makes a shock call when it comes to his starting lineup against Sweden.

"He started Daryl Murphy in the big games against Scotland and Germany," he said.

"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."

Dunphy was also highly critical of Keane's decision to slate players in the media following the disappointing 2-1 defeat to Belarus last week and claimed the former Manchester United captain was not making much of an impression as a coach.

"It wasn't just McGeady, there were other players as well, some who were named and some who were not named," Dunphy added

"You would wonder why Martin puts him up (for press conferences).

"He has a knack for saying the wrong thing. He is really forthright but there are things you can't do.

If you have to apologise to players after press conferences, clearly you've hit a bum note.

"I'm not impressed by Roy Keane as a manager or as an assistant manager at all.

"He was a great player but I'm not impressed by him."

Asked to elaborate, Dunphy continued: "Arguments in hotel lobbies, that incident the other day... he doesn't really for me, look the part. He said recently that he was ready for management again, he's just signed a new contract with the FAI.

"I don't think there is a management job out there for Roy Keane or Martin O'Neill for that matter.

"We'll see what happens but with Keane you have to keep you fingers crossed that you're not the player in the firing line."

Ireland touched down in France today and will step up their preparation for their opening Euro 2016 Group E game against the Swedes on Monday in Paris.

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