Royals going backwards insists veteran Crawford
Meath stalwart Nigel Crawford believes the Royals have 'gone backwards' under the current management.
Crawford, who won an All-Ireland in 1999, is considering walking away from the Royals after a 13-year career.
"I think we have gone back a lot from where we were. We were in the perfect position to build on our Leinster success and getting to two All-Ireland semi-finals in three years, but instead of improving upon those performances we have gone backwards," said the midfielder.
"I think the change of management has had a lot to do with it. Under Eamonn (O'Brien), Bob (O'Malley), Sean (Kelly) and Donal (Curtis), we were going places and they had a very good relationship with the players.
"We were building a team and going in the right direction."
Elsewhere, Kilkenny attacker Colin Fennelly could still play in the All-Ireland final despite a hamstring problem, according to Brian Cody.
"Colin is most certainly not ruled out," said the Cats boss. "He is making good progress. "The next four or five days will tell a serious story about his chances."