Friday 19 January 2018

'I don't agree with some of the insulting comments' - Peter Canavan responds to Stephen Rochford's critics

Kieran Donaghy of Kerry in conversation with Aidan O'Shea of Mayo. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Kieran Donaghy of Kerry in conversation with Aidan O'Shea of Mayo. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Harry Clarke

Peter Canavan has hit out at the harsh criticism Mayo manager Stephen Rochford received following his decision to deploy Aidan O'Shea at full back to mark Kieran Donaghy in last weekend's All Ireland semi-final draw.

O'Shea struggled to keep up with the dynamic Kerry talisman and Rochford's decision came in for some stinging criticism from pundits around the country.

Speaking on Independent.ie's The Punter's Platform, Canavan said: "I didn't agree with the call first of all and I certainly didn't agree with some of the insulting comments that were made regarding the Mayo management.

"The one thing I can say about Stephen Rochford is he is not afraid to make the big calls and whether you agree with them or not, there is a methodology in why he went with Aidan O'Shea.

He can argue that they prevented goals being scored against Mayo and that’s what they were worried about. I felt it was the wrong call, I would have played Aidan O'Shea further out the field in midfield or centre forward.

"Because I don't agree with him, I certainly wouldn't criticise the manager for making big calls because they were based on sound enough reasoning."

Listen to the full chat on this week's episode of The Punter's Platform.

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