Saturday 18 November 2017

Colm O'Rourke: Closed season conundrum throws up more cranky managers than workable solutions

I s it the weather or does every county manager at this time of year want to join the cast of Grumpy Old Men? There has been a chorus of complaints about the closed season, the new rules, the lack of preparation for upcoming games and anything else that is going. Talk about putting out a healthy picture of the GAA.

It is hardly likely that supporters will be at daggers drawn for players and managers if they don't perform well in any of the secondary competitions, but often managers start off with a negative before games and try to turn it into a positive afterwards. Have you ever heard a manager extolling the virtues of his own team before a big game? No, it is always how good the opposition are. It would be great to see some manager come out and say his team is in great shape and he expects them to win.

I'm not holding my breath on that one but I am quite prepared to let these experimental rules run for four or five games before passing any type of judgement. Managers and players should do likewise. The kneejerk reaction is almost always to say no. Perhaps in time all those with vested interests in the organisation might see some benefits.

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