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Greatest Ever Eamon Dunphy Quotes!

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He may no longer be on our screens as a pundit but, love him or hate him, there's no debating that Eamon Dunphy, who turned 77 last week, remains an icon of Irish sport. We've put together some of his greatest ever quotes as a reminder of his quips and banter with Johnny Giles and the late, great Bill O'Herlihy.  

  1. Dunphy was often criticised for the depth of his own professional football career. He once responded by stating, "I'll have you know that I'm not a failed Third Division footballer. I am a failed Second Division footballer."

  2. It would be interesting to get Dunphy's thoughts on the current situation with Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United. "A puffball. Will never be a player as long as he has a hole in his arse," was how he once described the Portuguese superstar. Although, uncharacteristically, he admitted he was wrong about that.

  3. Speaking of arses, he once disregarded John Hartson by stating he didn't "have the arse of a seven million pound player."

  4. Ronaldo isn't the only megastar that Eamon's got it wrong about. The list of footballers he's dismissed as "not a great player" includes Zinedine Zidane, Diego Maradona and Michel Platini. Meanwhile, he declared Steven Gerrard "a nothing player."

  5. "When the national anthem was being played, no Spanish players sang it." It came as a surprise to Dunphy that, in fact, the Spanish national anthem contains no words.

  6. "If they get to the Quarter-Finals, I'll show up with a dress on." Thankfully for RTE viewers, the subject of his wager - England at the 2014 World Cup - failed to make it past the group stages.

  7. "If only he had three heads. One at the end of each leg." Dunphy on Kevin Kilbane's football abilities. 

  8. After flopping last season during his second spell at Chelsea, maybe Eamon was correct to label Romelu Lukaku as "the Belgian Emile Heskey."

  9. "Would you let him drive the train to Cork?" A characteristic appraisal of Steve Staunton's capabilities as Republic of Ireland manager.

  10. And, finally, a wonderful interchange between Dunphy & Giles.... Dunphy: "John will know more about this than me...but the late Jimmy Armfield came in and did a wonderful job." Giles: "Sorry there Eamon but Jimmy's still alive!" Dunphy: "I told you John knew more about it than me."

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