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Eugene McGee

Managers need to look at themselves -- they're to blame for negative tactics

Published 17/05/2011 | 05:00

"I found it hard not to burst out laughing at Liam Bradley's comments. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! The reason Gaelic football is in the perceived mess it is, is because the managers of recent times have designed their styles of play around what we saw in its crudest form in Ballybofey.

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"Teams are drilled to stop opponents scoring and the managers think the easiest way to do this is to put up to 12 players in your backline when opponents attack. It is negative in basic thinking and we see the results every week. The managers will whinge and complain because they need to cover their own backsides to explain the likes of what we saw on Sunday. High-quality coaching and managing should be challenging and inventive, urging players to be positive.

"Instead, we have allowed the game in many counties to sink into lazy, negative tactics. The idea that more new rules could change things is a joke. Look into your own hearts managers, if you want to save Gaelic football."

Irish Independent

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