. Even if a player is losing pace etc, they should still be allowed to leave with some respect.
Today, even with the restricted pick, there were strange decisions. There was no attempt to address the blatantly obvious problem of ball-winning forwards. Apart from O Dwyer, who is not particularly great at ball winning, we simply did not have one forward competing. There was a period of about 20 mins in the first half when there must have been 20-30 easy possessions and clearances by the Clare backs. The commentators kept repeating themselves - “arís” must have been said about 20 times!
That is my biggest problem with him, this is an amateur sport and about all the top players can expect is a bit of respect. Keaney (especially), Sutcliffe, Carton, Ryan etc. all deserve serious respect for what they did for Dublin, they got nothing from Cunningham. Even now guys being subbed walk by Cunningham without a hint of acknowledgement from him for the efforts they had just put in. Even if Dublin were or become successful under him, it still would not make up for the disrespect shown to Dublin greats.
I would give Cunningham the benefit of the doubt on tactics and coaching as he must know more then me on it, given the experience he had, although even on that I am starting to doubt. But his man management and his selection ability is woeful in the extreme.
He will trot out Ryan O Dwyer again for interviews who will say great things about the set up (and ironically, knock people who left the panel again, forgetting he walked away from Tipp), and the same oul’ shite will be said. O Dwyer would be better served spending his time practising a few basic skills rather then doing interviews.
Its a dysfunctional mess at the moment. It won’t always be, chaos doesn’t last forever, but right now it is hard to watch.