No one, or very few anyway, are making a very big issue of tactics, or player selection or indeed anything to do with normal management practices. Managers are there to manage, and in general I agree with the concept of letting them get on with it and see where it goes. But, managers aren’t really free to alienate some of the best players we have ever had and for it to be put down to a tactic, it’s not. Also Cunningham has tried lots of things (and lots of selectors) since he came on board, and none of them have worked, and he has reverted back over time. That is a fairly poor outcome to be left uncommented on.
Things could go ok, we have a fairly decent bunch of young players coming through. But the fact that we are now so dependant on them isn’t a choice, it is the result of alienating Sutcliffe, Kelly, Ryan etc.
I totally believe we have very good players coming through (there are three strains of thought on this forum it seems, those who believe the manager is crap and the players great, those who believe the manager is good and the players crap - and those, like me, who believe both are good - just not together…). But just because we have good players coming through doesn’t mean we scrap some of the brilliant ones we had.
The DCC should have told Cunningham to go by now, I see why they didn’t, but I don’t think it was the right choice. We will be ok this year, and that will be held up as a vindication of Cunningham, but it will be down to the guys that went before at underage and very little to do with Cunningham.