Saturday 22 October 2016

'It was daft' - Tomás Ó Sé reacts to Armagh statement on Kieran McGeeney 'inaccuracies'

Published 06/06/2016 | 08:56

Armagh county board came out in defence of their manager Kieran McGeeney
Armagh county board came out in defence of their manager Kieran McGeeney

The Armagh County Board took the unprecedented step of refuting claims made by Joe Brolly about Kieran McGeeney's stewardship on The Sunday Game last night.

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The 1993 All-Ireland winner said McGeeney 'hasn't a clue' when referring to his managerial credentials and claimed that some players had chosen not to make themselves available for the Orchard county because he "expects absolute allegiance from his players".

Brolly also said that the game was struggling in Armagh because inter-county players weren't being permitted to play for their clubs.

During last night's Sunday Game programme and RTÉ2, Armagh County Board chairperson Paul McArdle backed his manager and hit back at Brolly's 'inaccuracies'.

"To claim that Armagh players don’t play for their clubs is simply incorrect," he said.

"Stefan Campbell for example, in the period up to two weeks before the Cavan game, played in four out of five of his club’s [Clan na Gael] league matches.

"Likewise, the suggestion that Kieran McGeeney will not work with Crossmaglen players is incredible given that both Tony Kernan and James Morgan both played for Armagh last Sunday."

McArdle also refuted claims that teams like Armagh had little to show for the amount of investment that is being put into their team.

"We don’t have vast resources to pour into our senior inter-county team. In fact, this year our spend is down significantly from the same spend last year," he added.

"Our senior county footballers have not been on a foreign training camp, not indeed have they had a training weekend."

McArdle added that the welfare of the club is of paramount importance in the county, illustrated by the fact he led the Armagh delegation in its support to push back the All-Ireland final by two weeks to allow for greater fixture flexibility for club competition.

"Armagh backed that motion strongly and would do so again if it comes up at Congress in the future.

"As far as Armagh GAA is concerned, having had the opportunity to correct the inaccuracies, we will be making no further comment on these matters."

Commenting on the statement from Armagh, Kerry legend Tomás Ó Sé said: "I've great respect for Armagh GAA but I feel it's kind if daft that they have to come on TV and explain... Joe is a pundit, he's well entitled to his opinions.

"If his opinions are right or wrong, Armagh shouldn't be focusing on Joe Brolly, Armagh should be focusing on what's going on inside their own county and not feel the need to respond to what an analyst is talking about.

"Personally, if I saw it happening in my own county, if I saw a county board replying to something like that, I wouldn't be too happy about it.

"I couldn't see how Kieran McGeeney would be happy with that either.

"They're going through transition at the moment. They are a team that was successful in the recent past.

"I think it was a poor decision by Armagh to come on TV and reply to it."

The reaction to McArdle's television appearance was very mixed on social media:

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