There seems to be a small bit of a negative attitude with the respect to the potential contributions that could be made by the players that have walked off the panel. Hiney, Keaney, may have been close to a natural end but McCrabbe, Carton and co were not. McCaffrey was dropped when his dressing leadership as well as playing cameos would have been invaluable in a young team. Durkin p Ryan and Boland are experienced but not over the hill. PKelly, and Danny are All Stars who won't return while GC is there, irrespective of injury/NY commitments. Cronin ditto. Let's not forget R O Carroll, SStapleton, C Moran, who all walked.
O Riain and Boland left as selectors after a year after electing not to renew contracts. T Dunne couldn't stick the environment and used work commitments to avoid media intrusion. The doc did likewise. Both are fully involved with other teams since, despite work. T Dunne was not adequately replaced. The skills acquisition coach ( who had never hurled) was brought in by GC and resigned. The fitness coach, who was one of the key elements in maintaining the shattered morale of the squad was sacked after standing up and backing players complaints about the playing environment following a players meeting two months ago. When the Dublin based selectors left in 2015, it was almost impossible to get Dublin based mentors as the dogs in the street understood that the management set up was toxic. Joe Fortune knew that too. The morale in the U21 squad was miles better.
The axing of so many key players has not invigorated a youthful squad, who are disillusioned too. The clique issue is nonsense. Ask O Dwyer and O Connell about how easily they integrated into the Dublin panel. There is a serious moral issue throughout the Dublin panel now though and you can see it reflected in the discussions here among supporters. If Cuala win Leinster and the Schuttes, Treacys, Gough, O Connell, O Callaghan, Moran and Brennan are removed from that early 2017 panel (not to mention Cronin) the unhappy exodus will make for a difficult league.
We wish them well. But Mikey Carton was spot on, particularly about the inertia of the County Board, who have been fully aware of the inability of GC to maintain relationships with players or management and whose lack of engagement with the wider Dublin Hurling community (cf Dalo) has left him aloof and isolated and not in a position to engage personally with potential selectors or to persuade talented dual stars to opt for hurling.