Saturday 16 December 2017

Royals going backwards insists veteran Crawford

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Meath stalwart Nigel Crawford believes the Royals have 'gone backwards' under the current management.

Crawford, who won an All-Ireland in 1999, is considering walking away from the Royals after a 13-year career.

"I think we have gone back a lot from where we were. We were in the perfect position to build on our Leinster success and getting to two All-Ireland semi-finals in three years, but instead of improving upon those performances we have gone backwards," said the midfielder.

"I think the change of management has had a lot to do with it. Under Eamonn (O'Brien), Bob (O'Malley), Sean (Kelly) and Donal (Curtis), we were going places and they had a very good relationship with the players.

"We were building a team and going in the right direction."

Elsewhere, Kilkenny attacker Colin Fennelly could still play in the All-Ireland final despite a hamstring problem, according to Brian Cody.

"Colin is most certainly not ruled out," said the Cats boss. "He is making good progress. "The next four or five days will tell a serious story about his chances."

Irish Independent

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