I am not sure there has been a whole lot of bile here. Sure on occasion people have got annoyed and posted a little intemperately, but I can’t remember anything too bad (I am sure there are a few though, so no need for people going back through all the threads to prove a point).
Yes, Cunningham has every right to pick and select who he wants, but it either needs to be a) proves eventually to be correct or b) logical. If it is (a) then eventually the decisions he makes have to work (and they are not) or b) the decisions have to be logical - so we can see that what is happening is following a process and if it doesn’t work it is because we just aren’t good enough. But being illogical and continuously wrong is not a sustainable premise.
I don’t agree with the credit that he gets in some quarters for giving youth a chance. That is just a cop out for any manager. By logical extension, you could pick a team of 17 year olds and say we might not win anything but we will be great in six or seven years time. There can be a time for youth, but you don’t skip over guys in their mid 20s in a rush to get there.
There are probably 6 or 7 decisions he made yesterday between team selections, sub selection and positioning that I would vehemently disagree, but it isn’t really possible to get into them because then you are slagging off amateur players trying their best (unlike Cunningham who most definitely isn’t amateur and I am not sure he is trying his best), and that wouldn’t be right. And that is always the case in any situation when you have bad management that isn’t acted on, it creates a whole load of scenario’s that should never be created.
It is a credit to Dublin hurling people that we can be so badly managed and lost so many players and still be competitive (ish). Aside from the senior team we are in a good place, and the recovery of the senior team can start next year…