Friday 17 November 2017

Kieran McGeeney hits out over criticism of sloppy Kildare by 'cowards'

Kieran McGeeney has claimed his critics are cowards
Kieran McGeeney has claimed his critics are cowards
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney has hit out at critics of his team whom he has described as "cowards" now, just as he claimed they were when they were players.

McGeeney accepted that he and his players will be "torn apart" by some analysts, who he suggested were there for entertainment and not serious analysis.

Speaking to a local radio station, McGeeney said his policy was generally to ignore what they had to say. He did not specify who he was talking about but clearly they were former players he had experience of on the field.

"You just have to keep going. There are people out there who will tear you apart," he told KFM.

"I played with a few of these boys and these fellas were cowards when they were playing and they are cowards now when they tear these fellas apart.

"You just have to accept that from people – you have good people out there too. They will analyse the game and they will see the sloppiness. You have to take that sort of thing on the chin. That's good analysis of a game. You have to take that and move on. The naysayers and the people who are there for entertainment, you just ignore them and get on with it."

Cavan manager Terry Hyland has also hit out at past players for some pre-match tweets that they posted about their qualifier game with Derry.

Hyland did not specify who they were, but Joe Brolly had jokingly described Cavan as the "Black Death", a reference to their heavy defensive orientation.

Meanwhile, McGeeney was non-committal about his future after Saturday's defeat to Tyrone but the expectation is that he will be available to continue on if the Kildare County Board seek his services for another term.

Irish Independent

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