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RTE should change pundits - Jason








Former Ireland football star Jason McAteer believes RTE needs to "freshen up" its pundit panel.

McAteer, who was one of Liverpool's infamous Spice Boys in the 1990s, believes the traditional panels brought in for soccer coverage at RTE are stale.

And the retired star said that he'd be happy to step into the breach.

"RTE needs to freshen up the pundit panel with younger blood," he told the Herald.

"I would like to present - if they want me they know where I am."

McAteer (43) said he particularly didn't warm to Eamon Dunphy's punditry.

"I am sick of Eamon Dunphy," he said. "I can't stand him."

McAteer was particularly critical of Dunphy's memorable World Cup 2014 gaffe when he swore live on air, not realising the microphones were still live.

"We all laughed, but I thought it was a disgrace," said McAteer.


"Dunphy has said in the past, 'If you want longevity in your punditry career you have to say things that are controversial, even if you don't believe them'. I don't think that's a good attitude."

Despite his ongoing row with Roy Keane, McAteer was surprisingly complimentary about the Corkman's role as Ireland's assistant manager.

"The players want to impress him because they look up to him, he's a legend," he said.

"For a lot of the present team Roy was their hero growing up and that does wonders for morale in the dressing room.

"He has a softer side, and being assistant manager suits him well."

McAteer was speaking at the launch of Vodafone Ireland's new partnership with Sky Sports which allows viewers to enjoy Sky Sports Channels on their mobile phones.

"It's a great project to be part of," he said.