Wednesday 24 May 2017

Westmeath bank on camp to clear air after Cribbin criticism

Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin
Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Westmeath will look to put any fall-out over heavy criticism of senior players by manager Tom Cribbin behind them at a training camp in Mayo this weekend.

Just four days on from their relegation to Division 3 the Westmeath squad and management took themselves down to Castlebar yesterday where they will be based in the Breaffy House resort for the next three days.

Any lingering issues over Cribbin's comments are likely to be ironed out there as they focus on a first-round Leinster championship clash with Louth.

Cribbin was scathing in his criticism of some of his senior players in particular as four consecutive defeats ensured back-to-back relegations.

In a hard-hitting Midlands Radio interview after the game, Cribbin pulled no punches about where he thought the problem lay for Westmeath's demise.

"There's a few big players just not performing for us and I don't know why or what's wrong," he said pointedly.

"You need your big players to perform if you're going to deliver. These big players are not standing up. The few big lads who should be standing out and leading, lay down."

He suggested in he course of the interview that changes may be imminent.

"There are hard questions to be asked and answered in the next week or two because we may just have to go on without a clatter of these players and start working on these young lads for the future."

Cribbin's comments have proved divisive in the county.

Some share his sentiment but others feel his views should have been aired privately.

Westmeath started their Division 2 campaign well and beat Kildare and Laois either side of a narrow defeat to Galway but since then their form has been poor.

Irish Independent

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