A well reasoned post URoy. I wouldn’t agree with some of it, possibly most of it, but that is the beauty of discussion, if we all agreed all the time it would be fairly pointless.
But on some of the points you raised
What should Cunningham do in the case of a guy not dong what he was told re injury?
It is up to him to get the best players on the field. This isn’t a workplace type environment, it has to be a collegiate effort with give and take on both sides. There can always be one who won’t play ball (literally and metaphorically), but this isn’t just one. It is too many to be the fault of the players.
Keaney should just retire gracefully?
It is his prerogative, possibly more then anyone else in the county, to raise issues he has concerns with. Staying quiet is the easy way out.
On Cunningham himself - I am sure he is doing his best, but I do wonder if his ego is getting in the way of things. What was the point of falling out with so many unless you are going to bring improvement?
Not withstanding the falling out with players ( which he seems to be doing according to their importance to the team), his game plan is very limited. We were always unlikely to beat Kilkenny without our best players, but that is a scenario Cunningham created and he deserved a chance to show that his way worked. It didn’t, so it is on his head. It is not a shootable offence, he tried and failed, and I would have huge respect for that. But… he failed.
For me 2016 is gone at senior, but I am optimistic enough about 2017, with a new manager, as I think we do have the players to give it a rattle.
Maybe we don’t have the players as some argue - but you can’t test that hypothesis until you get the likes of Sutcliffe, Boland, Kelly, Schutte on the field along with the lads who have come good this year. Even on Keaney, this thing that he had lost his legs etc. isn’t really proven either. He was one of our best players in the last game last year against Waterford, so unless he dropped off dramatically over the winter, he could still contribute. He was never fast anyway, so he never really had the speed to lose.