Tuesday 20 March 2018

'It was retribution for the hell he put me through' - Former Ireland manager on emptying a beer over Eamon Dunphy

Eoin Hand and Eamon Dunphy
Eoin Hand and Eamon Dunphy
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Former Republic of Ireland manager Eoin Hand has opened up about his feud with former teammate Eamon Dunphy in his new book.

Hand recounts his run-ins with the outspoken pundit in his new book First Hand: My Life and Irish Football.

He came agonisingly close to leading Ireland to the 1982 World Cup but missed out to France on goal difference and was replaced by Jack Charlton in 1986.

By the time his tenure came to an end, Hand had become fed up of the media view of how he ran the national team and in particular Dunphy.

In an extract from his book, which appears in today's Sunday Times, Hand reveals that after he has left his post with Ireland he was involved in an incident with Dunphy in a Dublin nightclub

"After my involvement with Ireland had ended, I came across Dunphy in Joy's nightclub on lower Baggot Street. Dunphy was standing in the middle of the floor. I walked over and emptied my glass of beer over his head. Dunphy was shocked and went in search of the club manager, Frank Conway, to get me thrown out. Conway questioned me.

"'I don't know what happened,' I replied. ' Someone must have nudged my elbow by accident and I spilt the glass'.

"It ended at that, with Dunphy leaving the place very quickly. It was a small act of retribution for the hell he had put me and my family through. This is all that happened, nothing more."

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