Sunday 27 May 2018

Eamon Dunphy slams Martin O'Neill over his treatment of Wes Hoolahan, Tony O'Donoghue and John O'Shea

Eamon Dunphy has questioned several aspects of the Ireland management set-up overseen by manager Martin O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane
Eamon Dunphy has questioned several aspects of the Ireland management set-up overseen by manager Martin O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane Newsdesk Newsdesk

Former Republic of Ireland international and renowned pundit Eamon Dunphy has heavily criticised Martin O'Neill over his management of the Irish team.

Dunphy was particularly angry about the Derry native's attitude towards RTE soccer correspondent Tony O'Donoghue and his use of veterans Wes Hoolahan and John O'Shea

Speaking on Game On on 2FM this evening, Dunphy said: "He's not up to it. His behaviour with Tony O'Donoghue. I don't like it

"It's not the first time he has attacked Tony.

"It's a good start we're joint top of the group. The performances haven't been good in any game, which is encouraging if you can play pretty averagely and get results of some kind.

"But there is an instability about the team that is very troubling and it is all to do with the manager.

"He's obviously got the hump with something, really he should look at himself. He is making mistakes every time he is picking the team.

"Where was John O'Shea last night? Where was he last week at the Aviva?

"That centre-half pairing doesn't work. It's crazy."

Hoolahan gave a man-of-the-match display in the 3-1 victory over Moldova last night but Dunphy is pessimistic about the Norwich star's chances of starting against Austria next month.

"The Wes Hoolahan issue. He doesn't play Wes except when it is absolutely unavoidable. He refuses to name him in his praise... he was glowing in praise of James McClean last night as Damien Duff observed on RTE's panel. He is curiously reluctant to acknowledge Wes' contribution, which is outstanding," he added.

"We've got Austria-Wales-Austria in our next three games and if we start with the centre-halves we started with last night and without Wes Hoolahan, we are not going to the World Cup.

"We have a player that would probably get into the England team. I saw England play and I saw France play Bulgaria and there are very few players, if any, better than Wes Hoolahan.

"I would hazard a guess that Wes Hoolahan has no chance of starting the next game with all players available."

Wales slumped to a 1-1 draw with Georgia yesterday but Dunphy believes the result does not absolve O'Neill's men from their display in the 1-0 victory over Georgia last Thursday.

"People are saying 'Wales only drew with Georgia so last Thursday at the Aviva was great', that's wrong.

"We have to look at last Thursday and last night in its own space, on its own terms.

"We were terrible against Georgia, the fact that Wales were terrible against them as well doesn't excuse that.

"Nothing that happened in Wales last night and elsewhere validates stupidity on our part."

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