But all Con did on Eoin’s behalf was stand up to Dunphy, something he clearly finds unbearable as I know to my own cost.
Aside from using an RTE soccer show to promote his book last Friday night, Dunphy was back to doing what he does best – firing cheap shots at Ireland managers.
This time Noel King was in the firing line, the same Noel King who only took charge of Ireland for the 3-0 defeat to Germany because the FAI had seen sense a month earlier and sacked Giovanni Trapattoni.
Kinger is interim Ireland boss for the time being. He has no chance of landing the job, and his only task is to mind the shop for the next man in.
That’s why any criticism of the team, the tactics or the result in Germany against one of the best teams in the world last Friday night was superfluous.
It was never going to make the slightest difference in the short or long term, which makes Dunphy’s bullying of Noel King all the more lamentable.
Thankfully Kinger took no notice. Asked after the game if he was aware of Dunphy’s stinging rebuttal of his ability, King labeled the RTE analysis a “comedy” show and said he would his judge by the opinions of real football people and not motor mouths.
Many real football people, in and outside the media, have come to King’s defense since.
Many more have said it is high time Dunphy was put out to grass by RTE and their likes, and they well have a point.
But the kernel of the issue here is that Dunphy did what he always does last Friday night – he promoted Eamon Dunphy, this time in an effort to sell copies of his new book.
Anyone who buys it deserves the inaccuracies contained within. Me? I won’t even read a review copy.
I’ve never liked bullies. And I’ve never liked Eamon Dunphy since the night he wanted to punch me in Palermo. I just wonder if he even remembers.
(Cathal Dervan is sports editor of the Irish Sun newspaper in Dublin)
GOLF: If you’re a golfer and fancy a new putter, check out the lake beside the 18th green on the Oceanico
Victoria course in the Algarve. Spanish golfer Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano got so annoyed with his putter in his final round of the Portuguese Masters on Sunday that he threw it into the lake. And the rust has hardly settled yet if you fancy diving in for it!
GOLF: The Rory McIlroy-Horizon Sports management row hit the Dublin courts this week, and it’s going to get nasty before it gets resolved. McIlroy doesn’t come out very well from the evidence presented in the initial hearing and he really needs to get back to doing what he does best – playing golf.
RUGBY: These are worrying times for Irish rugby as we await life after the golden generation led by Brian O’Driscoll. Leinster and Ulster won their opening Heineken Cup games last weekend, but the shock defeat Munster suffered in Edinburgh is of real concern to fans.
SOCCER: if you’re on YouTube in the coming days, check out Liam Kelly’s goal for the Irish under-19 team against Sweden in a Euro qualifier on Saturday. A Beckham style chip from the halfway line, it has to be seen to be believed.
HERO OF THE WEEK
THERE’S a great photograph doing the rounds of a young fan celebrating a goal with St. Pat’s striker Anto “Bisto” Flood as the Super Saints won the League of Ireland title with a 2-0 win over Sligo on Sunday. The look of joy on the kid’s face tells its own story and reminds us why sport is special.
IDIOT OF THE WEEK
GIOVANNI Trapattoni again claimed he did a great job as Irish manager in an interview on Italian television on Sunday, then slagged off the lack of a real league in Ireland. He seems to have forgotten that 15 of the players he capped during his five and a half year reign learned their trade in the Airtricity League.