Thursday 27 April 2017

Eamon Dunphy: 'A suit from RTE told me not to be too hard on Martin O'Neill during Euro 2016'

Martin O'Neill and Eamon Dunphy
Martin O'Neill and Eamon Dunphy

Harry Clarke

Eamon Dunphy has revealed he was told not to be too hard on Ireland manager Martin O'Neill before Euro 2016.

No-nonsense pundit Dunphy has a history of telling it as it is and has regularly lambasted the Irish players and management while commentating on the RTE panel.

And in a wide-ranging and compelling interview in today's Sunday Business Post, Dunphy admitted he was told to go easy on the Ireland manager during Euro 2016.

"A suit from RTE said to me before Euro 2016. 'Don't be too hard on Martin'," said Dunphy.

"Don't be too hard on fucking Martin? What the fuck? He is getting €1million a year now. How could I be hard on him? But it just shows the way the game is going."

Dunphy has been particularly fervent in his criticism of Irish midfield duo Glenn Whelan and James McCarthy, stating that he could not fathom how Whelan "had two ferraris despite being a terrible player".

"He got me to do the ice bucket challenge for that," added Dunphy.

"I'm not really too hard on players, but I mean McCarthy and Whelan have been a problem for the team for years, since Trapattoni. They're two statues. They don't move, and we effectively only have nine men."

Dunphy also talks passionately on politics, his reputation as being a man-about-town, emigration and homelessness in an intriguing interview with the Business Post's Fearghal O'Connor.

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