Rough viewing this evening against a rusty Tipp team. Special mention to the young lads who represented the county tonight and did their best under dire circumstances. The situation we are in at the moment will get better when the cuala contingent come back in April. Unfortunately the cuala lads have much better backs than forwards involved with Dublin so the age old problem with the forwards will remain . A lack of proper coaching and a fundamental lack of knowledge / respect of the game has drained the confidence of the players. The group is splintered and the spirit is fractured. Players have walked. Players have been pushed. Players have thrown the toys out of the pram. Backroom team has changed every season. Young lads will fight,will wear the jersey with pride,but if the tactics are farcical and the communication is poor, players will suffer in the long term. In all this its important to remember that when there are vast remuneration packages on offer, the whole set up changes. Everything becomes political. The values of the game get sidelined and when the shit hits the fan,the shareholders go into arse covering mode. We,as stakeholders,should feel let down with the crash and burn managerial approach by GC. He can ride off into the sunset with his saddlebags full of remuneration,but at what will be the total cost to Dublin hurling in the long term ?
No more outside managers. Lets reclaim our game. Lets treat our players like men,not children . Lets be proud of our county and players . Lets take the fight to the 31 counties. All the work at underage,the clubs, bodens emergence,the development squads,the minor breakthrough when johnny mac was capt,continued minor and u21 success,cualas march to,at least, the lenister title. All that work over the last 10 plus years is hitting a stone wall at senior county level. The best we can hope for this year is that we don't slip to 4th in lenister, behind KK,Galway and Wexford. Not too long ago we were in the top 4 in the country. Sad.