Monday 26 September 2016

Kevin Walsh reacts to Jim McGuinness' scathing criticism of drawn Connacht final

Published 18/07/2016 | 20:43

Bernard Power and Galway manager Kevin Walsh following the Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Final Replay match between Galway and Roscommon at Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Bernard Power and Galway manager Kevin Walsh following the Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Final Replay match between Galway and Roscommon at Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Galway manager Kevin Walsh is not interested in the opinions of people outside his set up.

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Jim McGuinness claimed that the drawn Connacht final, played in atrocious weather conditions, was a glimpse of what the game might look like in the future and the All-Ireland winning manager didn't like what he saw.

He went as far to say that the performance prompted him into thinking that a rule change requiring at least three players from each team to remain in the offensive area of the pitch was required.

The Tribesmen showed plenty of attacking prowess in yesterday's replay as they got their hands on the Nestor Cup for the first time in eight years with a 3-16 to 0-14 triumph over the Rossies.

On Off The Ball on Newstalk this evening, Walsh was asked to respond to McGuinness' column in the Irish Times last week but claimed he hadn't read it and was not interested in its contents.

"I don't read it, I don't listen to it. I think people like to put out a little bit of a story that gets the headlines and it doesn't interest me," Walsh said.

"There are certain times when you go out and analyse oppositions and you would expect the same coming from our counterparts and if someone outside whose not involved, regardless of who it came from or what they've done, it doesn't interest me to be honest.

"I didn't even see the article I heard it from people talking to me but didn't pick it up.

"We're really only interested in what we are doing ourselves. We will change things up as we feel we are required to do that and if it works, we're very happy and if it doesn't work we'll have to go again.

"I've no interest in reading those articles, I don't do it. We look at ourselves. That's it."

Galway have shortened to 16/1 to win Sam Maguire after yesterday's victory.

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