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Sunday 18 February 2018

'I didn't break Eamon Dunphy's nose - he ran away too quick' - Noel King

Noel King addressed the issue of his war of words with Eamon Dunphy
Noel King addressed the issue of his war of words with Eamon Dunphy
Eamon Dunphy
Ireland caretaker manager Noel King

NOEL KING has indicated that a long-standing feud with Eamon Dunphy lies at the root of their enmity towards each other and refused to deny the suggestion they were involved in a training-ground altercation in their time at Shamrock Rovers.

The interim manager's spell in charge has been dominated by his dispute with the RTE panel, specifically Dunphy, after he called them a 'comedy show' in response to their strong criticism of his team selection in Germany last Friday.

It flared up again after Tuesday's win over Kazakhstan, with King on the receiving end following his post-match interview with Tony O'Donoghue, with whom he has settled differences.

Dunphy has subsequently described King's reaction as 'stupid', however, with the venom in the comments fuelling the belief they had long-standing differences.

King confirmed as much yesterday when asked if he was aware of personal history with Dunphy and John Giles dating back to when they crossed paths at Rovers.

"There's loads I'm aware of, but that's life, I've moved on from it," said the Dubliner.

When asked about a story which is well known in football circles, where he is rumoured to have broken Dunphy's nose in a training pitch bust-up, King did not dispute that there was a disagreement, but denied the specifics.

"I didn't break his nose," he said, laughing. "Not at all. He ran away too quick. I couldn't catch him.

"Let's say he ran up the wall," he continued, "No, leave it alone. Leave me alone, leave him alone!"

King is on standby to take charge again for two November friendlies if required, but the FAI are expected to accelerate their manager hunt with a view to having a new manager in charge if possible.

Darron Gibson will definitely be absent and is unlikely to play again this season after confirmation that he injured his cruciate ligament in Tuesday's encounter.

By Daniel McDonnell

Indo Sport

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