Saturday 25 November 2017

His mouth is taped over but Dunphy still can’t shut his Trap

Eamon Dunphy dressed up as a clown in Grafton Street as part of a forfeit for wrongly predicting Ireland would qualify from Group C

Craig Hughes

THE knives are out for Giovanni Trapattoni -and a familiar face is wielding them.

Broadcaster Eamon Dunphy believes former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp should be the man to lead Ireland into the upcoming World Cup campaign and not the Italian.

Mr Dunphy appeared on Dublin's Grafton Street yesterday dressed as a muted clown, as part of his forfeit with a gambling firm after he wrongly predicted that Ireland would qualify from their group at the European Championships.

But, unsurprisingly, it didn't keep him quiet.

"I'd have mixed feelings about him (Trapattoni) leading us into the next campaign, things have to change but now he doesn't have the time to do it," he said

"We have one friendly match against Serbia before the campaign begins so Trapattoni doesn't have the time to breed four or five new young players.

"Harry Redknapp is available, but I stress that Trapattoni has just got a new two-year contract and you don't give someone a contract in May and then sack him in June, but Harry does play great attractive football," he said.

Mr Dunphy sat at the top of Grafton Street with his mouth taped shut before shouting over a megaphone that he was wrong.

"I got it wrong, Ireland didn't qualify from group C, I got it wrong. I should have kept my mouth shut, Trap let me down and the Boys in Green let me down.

"I thought we had about a 40pc chance of qualifying going into the competition and that the game against Croatia was crucial, they (Croatia) have a history of going out of big tournaments early, but obviously it just didn't happen for us," he said.

Dunphy, who was former Ireland captain Roy Keane's ghost writer for his autobiography 'Keane: The Autobiography', had labelled the Corkman an "attention-seeker" and a "pain in the arse", following his comments about Irish fans in Poland.

However, Dunphy now believes that the former Irish captain was taken out of context.

"To be fair to Keane I think what he said was taken out of context in what he said, but I think the fans were the silver lining of the tournament," he said.

Irish Independent

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