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15th Jul 2022

Eamon Dunphy and John O’Shea name their favourite football pundits

Robert Redmond

Eamon Dunphy pundit

“Scholesy is like he was in a tackle, fairly cut-throat.”

Eamon Dunphy and John O’Shea have been speaking about their favourite football pundits currently working on TV.

Dunphy opted for some of his former RTÉ colleagues, while O’Shea said he enjoys hearing from two of his ex-Manchester United teammates.

They both praised Graeme Souness, while Dunphy was less kind when speaking about Richie Sadlier.

You can watch Eamon Dunphy and John O’Shea speak about their favourite football pundits below.

Eamon Dunphy and John O’Shea speak about their favourite football pundits.

“Paul Scholes is very good. Liam Brady (too),” Dunphy said at a live event, NOW’s Ultimate Sports Quiz with SportsJOE.

As Dunphy thought about the other football pundits he likes to listen to, members of the crowd shouted out Richie Sadlier’s name.

The former RTÉ pundit, however, did not include Sadlier amongst his favourite football pundits.

“The less said about Richie, the better!” Dunphy said. “They tell me he grows on you!”

Dunphy and Sadlier worked together on the national broadcaster for several years, but seemingly did not get along and occasionally clashed on air.

Sadlier wrote about his relationship with the former RTÉ panel of Dunphy, John Giles and Liam Brady in his autobiography, and detailed how there was tension at times with the trio.

Dunphy, meanwhile, labelled Sadlier an ‘eejit‘ in 2019 for his comments about a mid-game protest against the FAI in a Euro 2020 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium.

Dunphy and O’Shea on their favourite football pundits.

Dunphy, however, did include some of his other former RTÉ colleagues in his list – Didi Hamann and Graeme Souness.

“I think Didi Hamann is very good. Souness is very good. I’d be very interested in John’s opinion.”

“Souness, I always like listening to Graeme Souness,” O’Shea said.

“Scholesy is like he was in a tackle, fairly cut-throat. And to be fair, I always enjoy listening to Roy (Keane) as well, to be fair.”

Dunphy, who was the ghost-writer of Keane’s first autobiography, agreed with O’Shea about the former Man United captain, who currently works as a pundit for Sky Sports and ITV.

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