Martin Breheny: Strong, silent type the wrong choice for captain
Published 26/10/2011 | 05:00
ANTHONY Tohill says he doesn't believe that the Irish public will think it anyway odd that he appointed an International Rules captain who won't do interviews or speak at public functions.
I beg to differ. Tohill believes that Stephen Cluxton's status speaks for itself, which is indeed the case. However, the captain of an international team is expected to speak for his colleagues and his country. If he's unwilling to do that, then the task should go to somebody who is.
"He (Cluxton) does his talking in the dressing-room, on the training pitch and in game situations. That's what we want of him. Talking to the media wasn't one of our primary considerations," said Tohill.
Clearly, Cluxton is a hugely influential presence in the Irish camp but could he not fulfil that role just as well as vice-captain, which wouldn't involve any public engagements?
The International Rules game will always live on the edge of an identity crisis, one that has now been made all the more pronounced by Ireland appointing a captain who won't talk to the media and, by extension, to the public.