Thursday 16 August 2018

'He is looking for publicity and what better way than to have a go at Eamo' - Dunphy dismisses Savage criticism

Robbie Savage and (inset) Eamon Dunphy
Robbie Savage and (inset) Eamon Dunphy

Eamon Dunphy has claimed Robbie Savage is "just looking for publicity" following the Welshman's scathing criticism after Ireland's 1-0 defeat to Serbia on Tuesday night.

Savage was in Ireland this week to launch the new eir Sport Pack and watched Martin O'Neill's men go down to Group D leaders Serbia with Wes Hoolahan impressing for the Boys In Green for the hour he was on the pitch.

Dunphy commended Hoolahan after the match and insisted that if the industrious Norwich man had played an hour against Georgia on Saturday, Ireland would have won the game.

That drew a response from Savage on Twitter.

"In Ireland... great result for Wales! Just listening to this guy on TV talking nonsense about @FAIreland performance... who is he?!!" asked Savage on Twitter.

And he expanded on those comments when speaking at ab eir Sport event in Dublin.

"No disrespect to Eamon Dunphy, he is a man of opinions and he must be doing something right because he has been in the TV industry for a long time, but I thought he was talking nonsense when I saw him on TV," stated Savage.

"If you are talking nonsense, you need to back it up with facts, which I didn’t see or hear. 

"He was saying that if Wes Hoolahan started against Georgia, Ireland would have got three points, which I find absolutely bizarre.

Wes Hoolahan has played the majority of his career in the Championship and you are telling me he would win a game in Georgia? Eamon Dunphy suggests a guy who can’t get into the Norwich side every week is good enough to win an international game on his own...what that's just nonsense.

"Wes Hoolahan is nice with the ball, but the emphasis on a 35-year-old from that particular pundit was just bizarre. I am not having a go at Wes Hoolahan because it’s not his fault, but if Eamon Dunphy talks about him all the time and thinks he can pick out the perfect pass, surely he would be starting for Norwich every week.

"Anyone can go on the radio and TV and hammer people. It’s the easiest thing in the world to do, but back it up with facts. I talk nonsense at times, but what I saw on Irish TV last night…wow."

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While Dunphy refused to be drawn into a war of words, he told the Irish Daily Star: "Everyone who cares about soccer in Ireland knows the Wes story and that's because he has done really brilliantly for Ireland.

"He (Savage) is just looking for publicity, and what better way than to have a go at Eamo."

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