Friday 9 December 2016

Joe Brolly brilliantly sums up the feeling of many GAA fans about the headline of Jim McGuinness' column

Published 12/07/2016 | 15:00

The drawn Connacht final struggled to entertain last Sunday, with Roscommon and Galway playing out a 1-10 to 0-13 stalemate full of handpassing in awful conditions.

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As statistician Rob Carroll pointed out on Twitter, he recorded 474 handpasses in Salthill last Sunday, the most in the 180+ games he had analysed since 2011.

For those who watched, that figure might have even seemed low. The final seconds summed up the game's unappealing nature as Roscommon saw the contest out with a number of lateral fistpasses rather than even attempt a winning score from long range.

Jim McGuinness wrote a column in today's Irish Times that tackled the defensive nature of the game and while the All-Ireland-winning manager raised some interesting points, a lot of fans seem to be taking issue with the messenger rather than taking on board the message.

The headline of the piece is 'Defensive coaches leading the game down dead-end', but as Joe Brolly pointed out on Twitter, some found it a bit ironic that McGuinness was criticising managers for adopting tactics that he popularised in Donegal.

The ex-Donegal manager argues that his team were also able to transition to attack at pace - something that was beyond Galway and Roscommon at the weekend - but there has still been a fair degree of eye-rolling that McGuinness of all people is calling out managers in this regard.

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