Tuesday 25 October 2016

Martin O'Neill had a serious dig at Eamon Dunphy and playful dig at Mayfield last night

Published 02/06/2016 | 09:04

Martin O'Neill
Martin O'Neill

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill took a serious swipe at outspoken pundit Eamon Dunphy during a media event in Cork last night.

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Speaking at the Bon Voyage to the Boys in Green event at the Cork Opera House for Today FM, O'Neill was asked whether he was affected by some of the criticism that has been levelled at him during his Ireland tenure.

"It doesn't bother me in the slightest... seriously. To be criticised by a failed manager is bad enough but to be criticised by a failed player like Eamon Dunphy...," he 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."

The Derry native was also asked if he was a regular visitor to Cork.

"I've been to Cork quite often, believe it or not. I'd a sister who lived on Rochestown Road... lived there for a number of years," he added.

"I know Cork. I know the southside and I know the northside... that's where the Lions are not allowed to run freely ... in case they get eaten.

"I believe my assistant manager is from the northside."

Keane revealed that he brought O'Neill to Mayfield during their reconnaissance of Fota Island as a possible training camp venue and O'Neill interrupted: "We had to cut down the barbed wire but we were okay."

Sounds like they had a quite a night in the People's Republic.

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