Monday 21 August 2017

Derry manager Damian Barton slams 'attention-seeking' pundit in post-game tirade

Damian Barton took aim at an 'attention-seeking' Derry pundit
Damian Barton took aim at an 'attention-seeking' Derry pundit
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Derry manager Damian Barton took aim an unnamed GAA commentator after his side succumbed to a 0-22 to 0-11 defeat at the hands of Tyrone yesterday.

The Oak Leaf men have met Tyrone seven times over the past two years and have been beaten on all seven occasions.

Barton declined to name the pundit but it is likely he was referring to Sunday Independent columnist Joe Brolly, who he played alongside when Derry claimed the county's sole All-Ireland win in 1993.

Relegated to Division Three earlier this year, Barton's men failed to land a blow as they were easily brushed aside by Mickey Harte's side.

There have been rumours of club versus county tensions in the county with a lot of players dropping off the panel over the last 12 months.

In an interview with Newstalk after the game, Barton was asked about rumours about low turnouts for training in recent weeks.

"Rubbish. Absolute rubbish. There are a few begrudgers, and I can't understand what their nonsense is. It's strange. People might be doing gym work, and people might be out on the pitch; that's the way training is these days," he said.

"Some people would see 24 out on a pitch and think, 'Wait a minute, where's everyone else at?'. The bottom line is, and it's part of the bigger picture, that there are some very, very rich counties that are well-supported financially, and they can have 35 or 40 men at training, and they can go on holidays, or training camps. We can't do that.

"And this promotion of a top eight will make that gulf bigger. Counties like Derry don't need to do that, they don't need to be running with 35 or 40 players. So I don't know what the big deal is, but we've always had healthy numbers at training.

"There have been idiots who have been suggesting that they've been talking to players, and so on: they haven't been talking to anyone. I can think of one pundit in particular. Absolute trash. We should just put 'attention seeker' on his forehead. It's hard to believe he is a Derry person.

"Absolutely crap. That's what galls me more than most."

When speaking to RTE, he said: "Obviously, we have our critics, some of whom are amongst our own folk, which is absolutely ridiculous.

"The begrudgery is quite incredible and there will we be a wee bit more after this.

"I can think of one pundit who suggested that Tyrone would be popping their champagne once they saw the draw. He might drink some with them tonight!"

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