Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady paid tribute to John Giles on his last night as an RTÉ soccer analyst, with Dunphy labelling the former Leeds United midfielder "the greatest football man we've ever had".
Giles brought the curtain down on a 30-year stint on the RTÉ panel after offering his insight into Portugal's defeat of host nation France in the final of Euro 2016.
He began his punditry career in November 1986 and has since been an ever present in RTÉ's international and Champions League soccer coverage.
"His greatness is due to his courage and his foresight and his wisdom," Dunphy said.
"He had the wisdom to leave Manchester United when they were the top club in England to go to Leeds United in the second division, to believe in Don Revie who was building a great team.
"He went on to manage West Brom. Don Revie wanted him to succeed him as manager if Leeds. Bill Nicholson wanted him at Tottenham as the coach.
"He was the hottest young manager in England and he walked away from the game because he didn't like how it was run.
"He managed the Irish team, changed the culture over seven years. Brave, courageous foresight. It's always been his hallmark. In the 30 years he's sat in that chair, if any young kids out there are wondering, 'who's that guy?', that guy is the greatest football man we've ever had.
"He's a great. great friend to all of us, a joy to work with and a great, great figure in the history of Irish sport.
Liam Brady on John Giles: "He's always called it as he sees it, with honesty and with integrity and with no fear." https://t.co/Yehl787edh— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) July 10, 2016
Giles gave Brady his Ireland debut in 1974, and the ex-Arsenal and Juventus midfielder echoed Dunphy's sentiments in praising his colleague's integrity and knowledge.
"His opinion has never been compromised by reputation of managers, by repudiation of players," said Brady.
"He's always called it as he sees it, with honesty and with integrity and with no fear. I've learned an enormous amount from him about football and about life and I'll carry on learning because we were out on Friday night and we shall be out again!"