Ooooooh, they’re going to love that in Bitterland. Most ‘objective’ and widely respected name so far to jump on this bandwagon. Wonder who in Dublin GAA peed on his cornflakes lately, or was he turned down for a role back with some top Dublin team, Gilroy maybe?
He says nothing new, or insightful here. It’s the usual stuff, give more money to others. He says at first that Dublin “have pulled away”, then says “will pull away”, as he knows that winning All-Is by a point and after replays is not an indication of a “widening gap” to the other top teams, nor is money the reason clearly why other top teams may drop away.
And there’s the point that’s never addressed either, Mayo don’t have a great team as in a team with great forwards, yet they can go that close, year in, year out. Kerry were very much in transition 2013-2016, yet took us to the final bell three times, and beat us in the league final. Kerry are now trying to bring on alot of youth, it’s inevitable they may fall back before they come forward, even for a year. And who’s to say ‘Fitzy’ is as good as Gavin, simple as?
Tyrone have clearly stood still, and/or they just don’t have the forwards. Is it lack of funding that stopped All-I U-21 winners and Centre of Excellence graduates from becoming great seniors? Donegal were always going to fade once their style of play got sussed and their players worn out.
Meath and Kildare have long ago not pushed on or regrouped or come up with a really good infrastructure. That wasn’t a funding issue before, why is it now? How come these people never look at the money spent by Kildare on big-name, quick-fix coaches and ask why wasn’t it better spent? You might as well be asking why some League of Ireland clubs haven’t been given more money by the FAI or whoever. Galway won nothing from 66 til 98. And did little or nothing since, even prior to the bigger money days. Cork since the advent of the qualifiers (escape from the Kerry web) have been in about 3 semi-finals and three finals, not to mention several Qtr finals, only winning one All-I.
Counties have always gone through fallow periods anyway. During Kerry’s greatest eras of the last 40 years they absolutely murdered some of their top opposition on several occasions, with run-away All-I Final and semi-final wins. In this era Dublin have had one handy semi-final out of seven, and every final has been either very hard won, or in the case of 2015, close til the end. Yet that was just the natural order of things before, now scraping over the line several times has become a national reason for huge change in policy?