Monday 18 November 2019

Feud for thought on Monday nights

Eamonn Sweeney

Eamonn Sweeney

I take it all back. MNS should never be axed. Not when it can provide a moment of comedy gold like the one last week.

The programme was dwindling to a close when host Con Murphy mentioned that Dave Barry wanted to say something. Did he ever. Barry set off on a diatribe against fellow pundit Eoin Hand for claiming on the previous programme that the Corkman had said UCD shouldn't be in the Premier Division.

The whole spiel had the fascinating quality of something said after a man walks into a pub and taps someone on the shoulder while the place goes quiet. You almost expected him to finish by taking out two six guns and firing them into the studio ceiling.

But here's the rub. Barry is by far the programme's best pundit and he had every right to be angry with Hand. What the Barrs man actually said was that UCD's players are not under the same kind of pressure as Dundalk's because they're students and don't have the same kind of financial worries. This seems to me a fairly unexceptional point, even if UCD have written to RTE, but it's not the same as saying that the club shouldn't be in the top flight.

A couple of seasons back, Hand got the goat of Roddy Collins to such an extent that they seemed to be on the verge of taking things outside. Stuck between the two feuding parties then was our own Richie Sadlier who's been in the wars this year with Shams manager Stephen Kenny hitting the roof after the former Millwall player suggested he resign on MNS.

Say what you like about the League, but it'll be a cold day in Hell before Lineker, Hansen and Lawrenson get so passionate about the Premier League.

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