Tuesday 23 May 2017

Gilroy accepts 'Blue Wave' goals simply not practical

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Pat Gilroy has questioned the 'Blue Wave' aspiration to win an All-Ireland every three years and suggested it is impractical.

The Dublin manager has pointed to many fine aspects in the Strategic Report, but the desire to claim Sam Maguire every three years does not stack up.

"Targets like that are not practical. Teams are built to get to a certain level. Some will get over the lines, others won't. The ones that won't, you have to start again with. It would be hard to say that every three years you are going to get one.

"For some people it's important to have an aspiration. Look at Kerry -- they could go several years without one and then might win three-in-a-row. Teams come and go.

"A more realistic target is to put teams out at minor level and U-21 that perform to the best of whatever they have," he said. "It's an aspiration that's there and only time will tell if it's a realistic one."

Gilroy believes Dublin should not be getting caught up in a sparring match with Leinster rugby after inferences were made to it in the report. "I think the day of getting distracted looking at other sports is gone. I think we should concentrate on doing the best we can and looking after ourselves.

"What Leinster have done, you would have to admire it and maybe we can learn from it."

Gilroy was speaking as Dublin launched their DVD 'Six Steps to Sam', a fundraising venture which will help to finance the team. Gilroy estimated the cost of Dublin's last seven weeks in the championship was an additional €150,000.

•THE Connacht Council are only tonight addressing the referee's report from last weekend's provincial club final. Referee Liam Devenney was jostled and verbally abused after Sunday's decider in which St Brigid's (Roscommon) beat Corofin (Galway). It has taken until now to get the Connacht Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) together because some of them were unavailable earlier in the week.

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