I don’t really get on what basis judgements are being made now. I think we can all assume that wasn’t the first choice team out there the other night, if Rushe, Sutcliffe, O Donnell etc. were all fit, they would be playing. So management can’t be judged on team selection, because for whatever reasons, and we don’t know each individual reason, a whole heap of first choice players weren’t available.
Also, seeing how players worked out was obviously given greater priority then maximising what we had available on the day. Dillon and McMorrow would obviously start ahead of most of that team if winning was considered to be everything.
As for Gilroy and Cunningham consulting - I saw Gilroy talking to all the selectors during the game. However, Gilroy is the manager, it isn’t a joint management thing, so I don’t really want management by committee. But even if Cunningham was there to give match day advice, what was he going to say other then ‘can we send a car to pick up a few of the regular lads’. They put out the lads they wanted out, to see how they went. It went badly, and that is what they took from it I am sure.
They probably have a style they want, or a style of player they want and they are trying to find them. I don’t have a clue how this will work out in the long term. Definitely if we had picked a ‘hurling’ manager, I would assume he would have picked a rake of the regular lads last Saturday and we would have won. Would that have been the right thing in the long term, in relation to a) finding lads and b) the fitness of the guys coming back into the team - probably not.
This might go well, or might go badly - but I think it is probably 14 months away before we can really have a clue…