Sunderland manager accused of being ‘rent-a-quote’

Many of you will be aware of Eamon Dunphy, a former Millwall player and author of Roy Keane’s ghosted autobiography. The Irishman now works as a pundit on Irish TV channel RTE and The Guardian reports that he’s laid into the Sunderland manager, essentially calling him a hypocrite for his lengthy press conferences where he holds sway over a captive audience.

“I know Roy well and the one thing he hated when I knew him and when we were working on that book was the bull-shit that was a part of manager-speak and part of player-speak,” he said.

“But now he holds these lengthy press conferences every week in which he anoints David O’Leary to be the next Ireland manager, anoints Terry Venables to be the next Ireland manager.

“He talks about how wonderful it is for the Premier League to play games abroad and he’s just become rent-a-quote. It’s quite extraordinary,” Dunphy told the Pat Kenny show on Ireland’s RTE channel.

“This is a sharp, smart, outstanding human being and he’s just been sucked into that awful Premier League vacuousness. It’s sad to see Roy Keane bullshitting. But there you go. It happens.”

Will Keano respond to his (former?) chum’s outpourings or maintain a dignified silence on the matter? Perhaps he’ll hold an even lengthier press conference to address Dunphy’s typically outspoken comments – COS awaits with baited breath!

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