Wednesday 25 April 2018

Eamon Dunphy should sacrifice his place on the panel for John Giles

John Giles and Eamon Dunphy
John Giles and Eamon Dunphy
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

There has been an unusual reaction to the news that John Giles will not be on the RTE panel on Saturday.

The national broadcaster have rotated their panel throughout this campaign and for the game in Glasgow, Giles was sidelined with Richie Sadlier joining Liam Brady and Eamon Dunphy in the studio - the same trio that will hold the fort this weekend. For the home stroll over Gibraltar, Sadlier and Brady were joined by Kenny Cunningham.

There is a noble solution staring us in the face, however. Good pals Dunphy and Giles have had the odd fall-out over the years - Dunphy still likes to refer to Giles as the 'senior analyst'. So, for the sake of the old brigade, the time is right for Eamon to offer up his place and get John back in the chair.

Read more: Sadlier brings level-headed calm to proceedings

Dunphy's outlandish suggestion that Martin O'Neill should be sacked for innocuous comments about Wes Hoolahan could be cited as an excuse for dropping him to the bench.

What is clear is that change is required. The unsatisfactory discussion of the FAI's FIFA deal before the Champions League final advertised the need for a Sadlier, Cunningham or even, perhaps, Keith Andrews to freshen things up.

Robbie Brady and Alex Pearce react to the question

Pearce boosted by Derby joy

Alex Pearce has little prospect of involvement on Saturday but he was in good form yesterday after completing a move to Derby County after 14 years with Reading.

He will be targeting automatic promotion next term under new boss Paul Clement. "It's exciting," says Pearce, who will join fellow Irish squad members Richard Keogh, Jeff Hendrick and Cyrus Christie.

"We've got a great group of players, great management team and things are really on the up."

Scots Phrase of the day

'You're all bum and parsley'

Continuing the BBC's American themed series for Scottish sayings that will get you through some small talk around Dublin this weekend, here's another gem. Although if this is uttered in your direction it's not a compliment. Essentially it's aimed at individuals who are full of themselves - 'all mouth and trousers' in other words.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill speaks with assembled media during a team pitchside update

Quote of the day

"They may have slagged some of the other staff but they certainly didn't slag me."

Martin O'Neill infers that it would have required a brave player to engage in 'banter' with their boss about the M50 crash.

Number of the day

8 Members of the Scottish squad that lined out in the Premier League this season. Thirteen men in O'Neill's final 27-man panel were involved in the English top flight.

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