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25th Jul 2018

Eamon Dunphy Has Announced That He Is Leaving RTÉ After 40 Years

James Fenton

RTÉ soccer pundit Eamon Dunphy has announced that he is leaving RTÉ after 40 years.

The former Republic Of Ireland international has been a regular on our screens during World Cups, European Championships and Champions League campaigns throughout this time.

He confirmed the news on Twitter via the account for his podcast, The Stand, saying:

‘Two years ago, I decided not to renew my contract with RTÉ Sport. At the time, they prevailed upon me to stay and, in fact, offered me a rise, a small one, to do so. However, before the World Cup I told them this time, I would be leaving.

‘I intend to focus on my podcast The Stand which is flourishing and has had over 2.3 million listens since we started. That’s where my energy will now be devoted. In my 40 years with RTÉ, I made many good friends and I wish them the very best for the future.’

Over the years, Dunphy hasn’t been short on controversial moments such as this one from 2014…

He became known as part of a punditry team consisting of himself, John Giles, Liam Brady and the late Bill O’Herlihy, which was much-loved by people of all ages and levels of interest in soccer.

RTÉ will certainly be a quieter place without him.

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