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Kicking off Ex-RTÉ pundit Eamon Dunphy says former employer's football commentary is "embarrassing"

"It’s not very smart to insult people who are paying for the licence fee and expect a service. You can quote me on that"

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Eamon Dunphy's brilliance was to know his role and to play it in a way that, at his best, offered compelling, unmissable TV

Eamon Dunphy's brilliance was to know his role and to play it in a way that, at his best, offered compelling, unmissable TV

Eamon Dunphy's brilliance was to know his role and to play it in a way that, at his best, offered compelling, unmissable TV

Ex-RTÉ pundit Eamon Dunphy has hit out at his former employer and said that their recent football commentary is “embarrassing.”

However, he described footballer Damien Delaney as “a bright ray of sunshine.”

Dunphy appeared alongside Delaney at a promotional event for Paddy Power in which the bookmaker vowed to give €10,000 to Irish football organisations for every goal England score at UEFA Euro 2020 this month.

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The late Bill O'Herlihy pictured with John Giles, Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady

The late Bill O'Herlihy pictured with John Giles, Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady

The late Bill O'Herlihy pictured with John Giles, Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady

 

But when asked about the punditry at his former employer RTÉ, Dunphy didn't hold back.

The 75-year-old said: “Damien is a bright ray of sunshine. But if you are referring to the national broadcaster, what I saw on the screen this week was embarrassing. Embarrassing for everybody and an insult to the audience.

“And it’s not very smart to insult people who are paying for the licence fee and expect a service. You can quote me on that. My opinion is that it was embarrassing and has been for some time.

“I was asked specifically, or at least I referred specifically, to what RTÉ are offering to the people of this country who pay a significant amount of money for a service with the licence fee.

“I don’t miss it all. I’m delighted I’m not a part of it. I did my thing with John [Giles] and Liam [Brady] and the late Bill O’Herlihy, and I loved it. But I don’t regret not being there now.”

He added that Virgin Media have much more credible pundits than RTÉ.

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“Virgin have good pundits. They have Grame Souness, Brian Kerr, Niall Quinn. They have Damien Delaney who is excellent, a young guy coming in who calls it as he sees it. So, I don’t see a problem there.”

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