Eamon Dunphy is returning to the TV Screen’s in a series of one on one interviews on eir sport, starting with New Ireland manager Mick McCarthy.
Dunphy and McCarthy shared a feisty relationship during McCarthy’s playing days and then during his first tenure as Ireland manager, with Dunphy famously taking Roy Keane’s side during Saipan.
McCarthy is Dunphy’s first guest in what is billed as occasional fiery clashes, plenty of tears, laughs, and moments of rare and raw honesty with Mick McCarthy, Robbie Keane, Ruby Walsh, Graeme Souness and Tomas O’ Sé.
Episode one with Mick McCarthy will be shown on eir sport 1, Friday 30th November at 10pm and Episode 2 featuring Robbie Keane will be shown on Wednesday, 5th December at 10.30pm on eir sport 1.
Eamon Dunphy is back baby!
Eamon makes his return to TV with a series of interviews, produced by @PaddyPower, with five Irish sporting greats.
— eir Sport (@eirSport) November 29, 2018
The below episodes will be shown over the Christmas period and will also be free to view on the Sky platform:
December 24th – Tomas O Sé – 10pm on eir sport 1 (Free to view on Sky platform)
December 25th – Mick McCarthy – 10pm on eir sport 1 (Free to view on Sky platform)
December 26th – Ruby Walsh – 10pm on eir sport 1 (Free to view on Sky platform)
December 27th – Graeme Sourness – 10pm on eir sport 1 (Free to view on Sky platform)
December 28th – Robbie Keane – 10pm on eir sport 1 (Free to view on Sky platform)
Eamon Dunphy, infamously critical of McCarthy both as a player and manager, dares to go where others have failed. As a result, Mick opens up on what really happened in Saipan, how he offered an olive branch to Roy Keane, but ultimately how proud he is of how he handled the situation during the 2002 World Cup.
Mick, now Ireland manager for a second term, also candidly discusses the influence of his father in Barnsley, leading Ireland as captain, and the fallouts that ensued, including being picked ahead of David O’Leary by then boss Jack Charlton.
- Robbie Keane
Ireland’s record goalscorer and now assistant to Mick McCarthy, discusses the art of goalscoring, how he struggled to understand Glenn Hoddle’s tactics at Spurs, why he loved playing under Giovanni Trapattoni for Ireland, and how he overcame challenges in his career, including that spell at Liverpool.
Robbie also chats about his stint in LA with David Beckham, and how the support of wife Claudine carried him through his career.
The series was recorded over five nights in September 2018 at the pop-up Paddy Power Museum of Mischief on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin.