Originally Posted by carter10
"The biggest worry I have is that we are not playing well all over the field. We're just not up to the pace of the game. We don't look sharp, we don't look fit and we don't look mentally focused. And that's something the management must sort out."
Above is the statement from Michael Ryan after yesterdays game, apparently this is something the management have to sort out. It seems to be lost on him that this is something management should never have let happen in the first place. He goes on to say that they cant rely on Mullane to come in and sort things out. The whole tone of his statement seems to be placing the blame of the last 3 hidings on the players. Last week his excuse was they had 7/8 players to come back in.
Training is a joke,the team lack any coherent plan but the problem lies with the players who" lack focus". I supported Ryan when he was appointed and felt he should be given time but it is obvious now that he and his management team are lightweights. When a manager makes a statement like the one above there can be only one possible outcome, lets hope its sooner rather that later.
Stall the ball there, he just accepted responsibility yet you say he's shifting the blame?
I heard the interview, I was worried before he made the comment you quoted when he mentioned they still had Mullane and a few to come back in, but after it he said that there may be players missing but that's still no excuse for the performance yesterday.
We kept Davy Fitzgerald for 3 years despite getting hammered by Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final. Fitzgerald came out afterwards and accepted responsibility. Applying your principle of 'management should not have let it happen', should he have been fired there and then? What about last year after the Tipp game when in his column in the Star he took absolutely no responsibility for probably the worst managerial performance I have ever seen in any sport in my life.
I know yesterdays performance wasn't good enough and we need to show some good strides of improvement before we play that relegation playoff, but you can't ignore the fact that Mullane, Connors, Ringo and Paudi Mahony were all missing. David O'Sullivan was listed on the bench, I suspect that means he's returning from injury and thing he will be a good addition to the team as he has been one of the most impressive players I've seen in the county championship the past two years.
We did lose too Tipp by 21 points last year, and while I know they don't have Lar Corbett and Bonner Maher, they have quality players like John O'Neill and Shane Bourke who were looking to stake a claim for a place in the team as well as Brendan Maher an though he wasn't their best performer yesterday he played pretty well and I do believe he is their best player and wasn't even available for selection last year against us when they slaughtered us, he was only brought on late.
Anyone calling for Ryan's head at this stage is being both unrealistic and unfair.
Bottom line is if we don't get relegated, than a lot of attitudes will change and all will temporarily be forgiven. It tells you the caliber of the league when the reigning champions who appear to be an ever improving side, who managed to score 6 goals against Kilkenny for what must be the first time in 20 years, are also likely to be facing a one off match to decide whether they stay in the Division.