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Graeme Souness on Bill O'Herlihy: He would throw a few hand grenades in and loved mischief

Published 25/05/2015 | 21:42

The late Bill O'Herlihy
The late Bill O'Herlihy

Liverpool great Graeme Souness has been reflecting on his time in the company of the late Bill O'Herlihy (76).

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Souness, who currently works with Sky Sports, has been involved in a number of major championships with RTE and admits that it was a 'pleasure' to work alongside the late broadcaster.

The Corkman will forever be remembered for marshalling straight-talking pundits John Giles, Liam Brady and Eamon Dunphy and heralding some of the most momentous occasions in Irish sport.

Souness filled in on the panel on a number of occasions, especially when Liam Brady was involved in the Irish set up with Giovanni Trapattoni, and believed that O'Herlihy got the best out of him as a pundit.

"He was great to work with because I think he got the best out of people," he told Off The Ball on Newstalk.

"He asked the difficult questions but he asked them in a way... he'd put you on the spot but in a nice way.

"His questions were deliberate and to the point and he asked them with a bit of mischief.

"He was a class act.

"He'd charmingly put you on the spot. He wouldn't give you much wriggle room.

"Very rarely could you  catch him out because he'd have him homework done.

"Bill enjoyed the mischief, the on the edge stuff. He brought the best out of me. He would throw a few hand grenades in.

"I would like to send my condolences to his family. In the brief time i worked with him, it was an absolute pleasure."

Souness revealed how O'Herlihy would put him at ease from the moment they were in each other's company/

"Before you go on air you could be talking about anything and you couldn't help but like the man. He'd be talking about his family, he'd be talking about politics, people's he's worked with... he had a charming way about him. I was very comfortable in his company," he added.

"He knew what questions to ask and how to ask them."

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