Former Republic of Ireland midfielder and current RTE pundit, Eamon Dunphy, launched one of his famous tirades in Roy Keane’s direction on RTE’s Pat Kenny Show on Radio 1 on Monday.
“I know Roy well and the one thing he hated when I knew him and when we were working on that book, he hated the bullsh*t that was part of manager-speak and part of player-speak. And now he holds these lengthy press conferences every week in which he anoints David O’Leary to be the next Ireland manager, anoints Terry Venables as the next Ireland manager.”
Dunphy went on to say: “He’s talked about the Cork GAA dispute, talked about how wonderful it is for The Premier League to play more games abroad and he’s just become rent-a-quote. And it’s quite extraordinary. This is a sharp, smart, outstanding human being and he’s just been sucked into that awful Premier League vacuousness and it’s sad to see Roy Keane bulls******g, but he is. But there you go. It happens.”
The strange part of this is the Dunphy helped write Keane’s biography back in 2002 and has always been a being a staunch supporter. He defended him during his row with Mick McCarthy and had an infamous pro-Keane rant during his departure from Manchester United in 2005.
What are your thoughts? Has Roy Keane become a corporate shill? or is he just protecting his own interests? What about Dunphy? Is it right for him to launch a personal attack like this?