I think the Cunningham thing is being over done. Whoever it is, is just the coach. I don’t know who actually coaches most county teams.
As regards how Kenny was told, in my experience there is no good way to tell someone he didn’t get the job. People (or actually more likely their supporters) will find offence if they want to. Because the reality is if you go for a job and don’t get it, you probably are being offended. But that’s life, you take stock, and you go again.
This is not a pass the buck appointment, it is brave and it is guys taking responsibility, it is what you want in an appointment process. Cunningham was a lazy appointment in hindsight, and I suspect the guys who made it might privately admit that now.
I have no idea how this will go. If Kenny had got the job, we would most definitely have improved and regained our status as the 5th or 6th best team in the country. Under Gilroy it can go either way, but if it goes up, it will go high.
Dublin know inter county management isn’t about knowing to swap cornerbacks when an opposition corner forward is doing a bit of damage. It is about foundations and leading men. I actually think the Gilroy thing is a little over done in this regard, he maybe isn’t the management messiah he is made out to be, but the guy is at least good, but most importantly he has confidence to burn, and that is what we need most of all.
I se the reasoning behind a hurling forum type thing. But in my experience all that happens is the County Board becomes the football forum in competition with the hurling one. It can have a place, but only when you are in dire straights, and I don’t think we are there yet. I think it will take Gilroy 18 months to get guys physically half way right (Connolly looked like a man among boys with his physicality last weekend), but after that we will see.