He wants to spend more time with his money new podcast audience.

*chucks pencil*

The Stand with Eamon Dunphy

Eamon Dunphy to leave RTÉ after 40 years (RTÉ)

45 thoughts on “Après Match

  1. Bertie blenkinsop

    Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened, he’s been dialling it in for years.
    The new breed of pundits have shown him up as under prepared and lacking in wide ranging knowledge.
    You can no longer get away with the “I played the game and you didn’t” cliche.


      Dunphy to Souness – “You don’t know what you’re talking about!
      Souness: “Where did you manage”?
      Dunphy: “I’ve never managed anywhere, I’ve managed to stay alive for 63 and a half years baby”

        1. mildred st meadowlark

          I’m a huge fan of Brian Kerr, just in general. Also his commentary and punditry are absolutely brilliant.

          1. Andrew

            Souness is a bit of a prick though. He;s as clueless as Dunphy.
            Does everyone have to be a manager to comment?
            Richie Sadlier is a bore, Duff is good as is Keith Andrews. Brian Kerr is excellent.
            None of them should be paid what Dunphy was getting.

  2. Dhod

    I rarely agree with his views as a pundit, in fact I don’t think he’s convinced by some of his own arguments but I think I’ll miss some of the madness he brought. I saw him in Ranelagh village during the World Cup and got a shock. He was frail, stooped and weak looking. I hope he’s in good health and I continues to wind up the nation for a few more years

  3. Anomanomanom

    He was part of the best punditry panel on any English speaking channel in the last 35 years. You don’t need to be the absolute best to add to the best. Him self, giles and brady together were gold.

    1. Bertie Blenkinsop

      “You don’t need to be the absolute best to add to the best.”

      The old “Djimi Traore has a Champions League medal” debate.

      1. Anomanomanom

        Not at all. Its more like the Beatles debate, was ringo the best ever. No not even close but would the Beatles be considered as good without him, probably not because they sound different with someone else. Just like with Dunphy, the panel would not have clicked the same.

        1. Bertie Blenkinsop

          Agree to disagree.
          I think Eamon was a spoofer who got away with murder for years, he was shown up when increased access to media opened our eyes to properly insightful and knowledgeable commentary.
          He didn’t even know most of the players names he was commenting upon and couldn’t be arsed to learn them.

          1. AFoxIndeed

            Well said, a spoofer is a good description of him. He was all about the sound bites, George hook copied him for the rugby too. Say something controversial, no one will care you don’t know what you’re talking about.

          2. rotide

            Have to disagree to agree with you here if you see what I mean

            The entire point of Dunphy’s appeal was that he was a ‘spoofer’. You didn’t watch him for the tactical nous. Giles and Brady would give you that. You watched Dunphy because he’d say poo like ‘WES NEEDS TO BE ON THE PITCH, HE’S TWICE THE PLAYER RONALDO THE CODDER IS’. Stuff like this works because in the back of your head, you sort of agree with him, even if it’s absolute nonsense.

            Gary Neville was a revalation when he went to sky sports but he really isn’t the most interesting person to watch, he needs the bluster of carragher as a foil. Gary might be a better analyst but he will never EVER have any sort of takeaway food named after him, and thats why Dunphy is twice the pundit that gary ever will be.

  4. Jake38

    I must say he is modelling that fake, man-of-the-people, Atlantic fisherman in my spare time, TESCO sweater beautifully.

  5. Dhaughton99

    He’s a fantastic lad. No idea about his football stuff but his radio shows were brilliant before dinny got rid of him. The podcast is also brilliant. Listen to the one with the nurse or the most recent about Brexit. Only thing is now he’ll have to start paying for his taxi rides.

    1. CoderNerd

      Yep, I know nothing about football but the other types of interviews he does are always interesting. His coverage of disclosures tribunal, interviewing Mick Clifford was great.

      1. Dhaughton99

        I have 40 feeds in my podcast app. I have 3 which I always look forward to..
        1. The No Agenda show
        2. The Stand
        3. FishGoDeep

        1. CoderNerd

          Recommendations appreciated. Trying to get into them.
          The Point of Everything, Echo Chamber (of Broadsheet fame but they were chased off) and An Irishman Abroad are good listens.

          1. Dhaughton99

            I used to listen and enjoy a lot of the NPR stuff but it’s just non stop Trump and emigration. This American Life is a snooze fest these days.

      1. Brother Barnabas

        what other ones do you listen to, RP? am struggling to find ones that I consistently like, but do like the stand

  6. RuilleBuille

    Opened up some new ground on TV but is well past his sell-by date.

    Get Sadlier and Kedrr in!

  7. Paulus

    Something to remember where Dunphy, Gaybo etc are concerned:
    They were allowed to serve a VERY long and VERY expensive apprenticeship.
    So it’s not too much to expect that they would be reasonably good at the job eventually.

    1. rotide

      What in gods name are you talking about?

      This is just completely wrong. Gaybo was one of the early successes of RTE and worked in the UK as well (IIRC he gave the beatles their first tv shot).

      Dunphy was a fairly succesful journo before he went to RTE and hadn’t been doing the punditry for that long before the euros and italia 90.

      So no, not very long and not very expensive.

      1. Brother Barnabas

        that’s true. he was a stand-in presenter on an evening programme on granada called People and Places… 1963 or thereabouts. not sure he had anything to do with them being chosen / invited on though. their big US break came when they appeared on the ed sullivan show around a year later. according to sullivan, it was gay byrne who recommended them to him.

  8. Huey Luas on the News

    Good riddance. Not great riddance. Good riddance. Tiresome Sindo-style windbag where he was more important than the story.

    Let a younger woman take over.

  9. rotide

    Won’t be the same without him. Hopefully it means Richie Sadlier will get more airtime, but no one is going to fill eamo’s boots for a long time to come.

      1. mildred st meadowlark

        Yer man from Apres Match has him nailed though. Maybe just get him in instead.

  10. Anne

    Who’s your man who plays him on Apres Match? Saw him in Lidl there recently.
    They’ll never stop mimicking Dunphy anyway baby..

    How much is a small pay rise in RTE anyway? A mill or two.. Shura tis only the public’s money and they’re worth it baby.

  11. Frilly Keane

    Well if his John Waters podcast is an’ting t’ go by …..

    As a by d’by tho’
    I think RTÉ were being lazy and unimaginative
    And wilfully uninspired by trying to retain a lad like Dumpy instead of testing new voices and faces
    For a public broadcaster that face no real risk, particularly in their sports department, it’s to their shame that there aren’t pools of other pundits etc already vetted to pick and choose from
    Good or Bad,
    Like him or loathe him
    Dumpy is still old hat and old school
    And he hurts my eyes

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