So ridiculous it's almost hilarious... the GAA obsession with control and training players within an inch of their lives continues. So the U21 panelists might have to play a challenging Club Championship game 7-10 days before their U21 final - some people here are going on as if they're being asked to play the club games on the morning of the 21s match!
Is there another sport in the world with a similar ratio of 'training sessions:matches' as the GAA? American Football, possibly?
The World Cup is played over the course of a month. The NBA and NHL playoffs are ongoing as we speak, with players playing every other night in most cases... our lads can't play 7-10 days before a final? Has Dessie that little confidence in his own ability to have his team ready? They've reached the final, so presumably they're in good shape and are aware of what their manager expects from them, the system they play etc. Exactly what is so crucial that they need to work on it exclusively 7-10 days before the final.
Let them play for their Clubs. For f*ck sake.