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Saturday 21 October 2017

McAteer sticks boot in to Dunphy

He may not be playing professionally anymore, but ex-Irish international Jason McAteer has tackled Eamon Dunphy's presenting skills.

McAteer hit out at the presenting style of the RTE pundit, labelling it as "repetitive" and "overly critical".

The footballer turned analyst also lashed out at Irish TV bosses for not giving him a chance to show his punditry skills on screen.

"They don't like me," Jason told the Herald.

"I don't know what it is but Irish stations don't seem to book me. I don't know what Eamon Dunphy's got that I havent," he added.

And McAteer said that his door is always open.

"It's unfortunate because I'd love to do more work on Irish TV," he said.

The former Liverpool star said he is not a fan of RTE pairing Dunphy and John Giles, who he said were like "muppets" in the way they carry out their punditry.

CRITICISM

"I think there's a time and place for criticism," he explained.

"If you're just giving criticism for the sake of it then it can come across rude and obnoxious, which Eamon Dunphy is at times."

Jason will be in Ireland this October for his wedding at the upmarket Dromoland Castle in Co Clare.

The football pundit will wed partner of five years Lucy and joked, "I'm not getting any younger."

A number of ex-internationals, including Kevin Kilbane, have been invited to the bash.

However, one ex-player who is not on the guest list is former Irish captain Roy Keane.

"I wouldn't waste the paper on an invite," joked Jason.

The pair clashed following Roy's decision to leave the Irish squad in Saipan in 2002.

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