He interviews fairly well. He’s actually the only person of any note I’ve ever interviewed (for the late lamented BAN) so I’ll always have time for him on account of that.
For all that, I don’t think he’s done himself any favours over the last few weeks. And when he was given an opportunity to clarify the ‘tactical shambles’ comment, my take on it is that he is espousing a return to the tactics we had under Daly. Should it not be abundantly clear to everyone that we’d gone as far as we could playing that way?
Inadvertently, I think he reveals much of the mindset that has hampered our progress. He specifically mentions that he feels we should have deployed a sweeper in the Galway replay when we were against the breeze. Is that not looking for the safety net of a defensive system (which inevitably blunts your scoring potential) again instead of believing you can compete with your man? When did you last see Tipp or Kilkenny start a sweeper against the breeze? In the end, GC did deploy a sweeper during that first half. He probably felt all he could in the circumstances was put the toddler back in nappies and leave the potty training for another day. It doesn’t mean his general policy of no sweepers is wrong or isn’t something we need to adopt with conviction to get us to the next level.