I don’t know hurling in-depth at all, and didn’t even know Giller’s credentials in that regrad. I certainly wasn’t try to pass any aspersions, just simply looking for knowledge and insight and opinion from people who do know these things.
In my very uneducated opinion, leaving aside the question of hurling Vs football knowledge in-depth, I can see various similarities (and differences) between Pat’s situation now and in 2009. One of those is that we know for sure from that period that he will not flinch, not panic, not be afraid to make alot of unpopular decisions and take alot of flak. Regradless of the different sport, his credentials and his ability and his decisions came under the strongest scrutiny possible by the end of June 2010.
Let’s look at the context: His team had been eviscerated in the worst humiliation possible by Kerry; then tried to play a type of game wholly alien to generations of Dublin footballers, going right against what his godfather, mentor, and club-man Heffo, the greatest godfather ever in Dublin GAA, believed in. Then seen his team ship 5 goals in a disarrayed defeat to arch rivals Meath, having already almost gone down in flames in a quite shambolic performance Vs Wexford.
The Leinster win in 2009, and the subsequent coming together of things in the qualifier run in 2010 saved his bacon, of that there is no doubt. The players that came in during 2010 also saved his bacon but in many ways it was what he got out of those players too, and the courage of his convictions with the game-plan he wanted from the team, that got him where he did in 2011. And furthermore, he was subsequently proven forever brave and correct by his unthinkable tactics against Donegal in the 2011 semi-final, and the way his team didn’t crumble when all looked lost Vs Kerry in the final. (Much credit too for Mickey Whelan in support).
And he had a great County Board to back him when it could easily have gone south.
So I expect that he will handle whatever he has to handle, and do what he has to do, and he won’t ever be under threat for at least two years. And alot of it will include pain and serious doubts and risks. The only question that remains for me is whether the hurling element of the whole thing is an issue at all?