Saturday 22 October 2016

Sligo boss slams Brolly's 'hideous column' that shows a 'vendetta' against Kieran McGeeney

Daragh O Conchúir

Published 20/04/2016 | 02:30

Sligo boss Niall Carew has hit out at Joe Brolly (Photo: Sportsfile)
Sligo boss Niall Carew has hit out at Joe Brolly (Photo: Sportsfile)

Niall Carew has hit out at Joe Brolly for continuing a "vendetta" against Kieran McGeeney.

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Brolly was critical of McGeeney in a "hideous column" in the Sunday Independent following the relegation of his Armagh side to Division 3, arguing that his intensity and demand for the highest standards held his players back.

Carew worked as a selector and coach with McGeeney in Kildare from 2008-12 before moving on to become Waterford manager. Now in charge at Sligo, he insists Brolly has it wrong.

"Joe embarked on another verbal assault on Kieran and he has copied and pasted this article on more than one occasion" says Carew in the Sligo Champion. "So if you want, get onto Google and you will discover one man's personal vendetta against another.

"I think I'm way more qualified than Joe Brolly or Pat Spillane or any of the other pundits and journalists that like to get personal and sometimes dirty, to really tell people who the real Kieran McGeeney is.

"Geezer ticks all the boxes, believe me. First and foremost he is the one we all want to go to war with. He is the most genuine man I have ever met and is the one I turn to on and off the field. I trust him with my life.

"Brolly likes to twist things. So for him, the players were too afraid to make a mistake. We could have been more clinical but officials' mistakes were the defining moments.

"Joe Brolly has always picked on Geezer (off the field and behind his laptop) and while Geezer doesn't care, I can't let it go any longer. He has never had a clue what goes on. But when you want to be sensational, you don't need to worry about the truth or the facts. Or ask the people who worked with him.

"Johnny Doyle played under Geezer for six years. He wasted no time in making his thoughts on Brolly's attack public. What he says about the man carries much more relevance than what a self-serving self-promoter thinks.

"Kieran was an excellent coach and mentor. He changed the way I thought about my game. He pushed me to a level of training and preparation that I never knew existed.

"It was a great time to be involved in football in Kildare. People say Kieran failed with Kildare but I think we failed Kieran.

"When it comes to Johnny Doyle or Joe Brolly, I know who I'd believe."

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