Thursday 14 December 2017

Colm O'Rourke: Zombie strategy a dead end

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

When Abraham Lincoln made his famous speech about the abolition of slavery in 1858, he wanted unity in pursuit of this end. "A house divided against itself cannot stand," he said, and it seemed a bit like that in Donegal last week. Kevin Cassidy may have been slightly naive in some of his comments about Donegal's tactics this year, but since when is freedom of speech banned? Banishing him to Outer Mongolia seems a bit harsh.

Donegal manager Jimmy McGuinness was less than impressed with the breaking of the code of omerta and has axed one of his main men. To most people this would appear to be an over-reaction, but if a manager wants to drop a player he needs for next year there is no better time to do it than when there are no games on. It is a long time till next May.

It's not the first time that Cassidy has walked the plank for alleged indiscipline, but a team has to accommodate many characters and sometimes widely different opinions on all sorts of matters. The best managers are comfortable with this so long as everyone pulls the same way when it counts.

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