Eamon Dunphy has never been shy to speak his mind. It’s what people love about him, and sometimes hate about him.
The controversial RTÉ soccer pundit continues to out-do himself with outlandish remarks week in, week out.
Having only a few weeks ago disregarded the Juventus side who are outright favourites for this season’s Champions League and have only conceded three goals in the whole tournament so far as “a team of donkeys,” the 71-year-old has been wide of the mark in his analysis more often than not this season.
Just last night on RTÉ, he proclaimed Atletico Madrid as a “selling club,” referencing a mythical transfer of Diego Forlan from the Vincente Calderon to Manchester United. Forlan joined United in 2002 from Independient before moving on to Villarreal, who eventually sold the Uruguayan striker to Atletico in 2007.
The former Shamrock Rovers and Millwall player’s latest outburst on national television has seen him liken being the president of Real Madrid to being on class A narcotics.
Dunphy drew on the unrivalled ambition of Florentino Perez with a rather strange comparison. Explaining that Perez has standards so high in a pursuit of excellence that they cannot be reached, the Dublin native could have used the example of his decision to sack Carlo Ancelotti in 2014 after winning the Champions League.
Instead, the ex-Manchester United trainee opted for a different avenue of illustration for viewers at home.
“There’s no normal, this is an exceptional club.
“You can win the double and get sacked immediately, which happened to Jupp Heynckes, when he got sacked having won the treble with Bayern Munich to accommodate [Pep] Guardiola.
“President Perez is the man. His motivation is to hit a new high every year.
“It’s like being on crack cocaine. It’s mad stuff because there’s no normal,” said Dunphy.
While some fans saw the funny side to the outlandish comments, more were outraged at the irresponsibility of what was more a throwaway remark from Dunphy in his assessment of the running of affairs at the Bernabéu.
The insistence of the state broadcaster in imposing the inane, inaccurate and irresponsible ramblings of Eamon Dunphy is way beyond tortuous
— John Harte (@John78Harte) May 10, 2017
Good man Eamon Dunphy comparing setting new highs constantly at Real Madrid with crack cocaine. I'm sure RTE will love that one. #RTEsoccer
— Joe Pasternak (@Jopast22) May 10, 2017
RTÉ need to grow a set of balls and get rid of Eamon Dunphy. It's embarrassing for them and disrespectful to the audience.
— Nathan Kelly (@NathanKelly_) May 10, 2017
Invariably, after a big game, Eamon Dunphy manages to annoy so many people with his guff, the post-match discussion becomes all about him.
— Cian Carroll (@CianByNature) May 10, 2017
Eamon Dunphy is off his rocker isnt he
— Mark Osborne (@Mark_Osborne1x) May 10, 2017
Hat Tip: Independent