Monday 20 January 2020

Sligo throw weight behind boss Walsh after O'Hara broadside

Kevin Walsh, Sligo
Kevin Walsh, Sligo
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Sligo County Board have given their full backing to manager Kevin Walsh in the wake of former All Star Eamonn O'Hara's call for him to step down.

O'Hara used the platform of 'The Sunday Game' to criticise Walsh's tactical nous and suggested that he had "lost" the players.

But Sligo secretary Gerard O'Connor insisted that there was no question of Walsh (above) being pushed out of the job or leaving before the end of the year on the back of Sunday's defeat to London. The indications are, however, that Walsh will end his time with Sligo when he completes his fifth season in charge.

OPINIONS

O'Connor said O'Hara was entitled to his opinions but added it was "obvious there is a personality clash or spleen between him and the manager, but it's nothing to do with Sligo County Board".

Walsh was not available to comment on O'Hara's outburst on Sunday night, which concluded with a call to step down.

O'Hara had wanted to play on for a 19th championship season but claims Walsh produced a comeback deadline last November that he couldn't meet.

"It is very easy to be critical at times like this, but what's forgotten is that London have been threatening to pull off a result like this for quite some time," O'Connor added.

"It is important to remember that Kevin Walsh brought us up two divisions in the league in his first two years as well as reaching two Connacht finals.

"Eamonn is a commentator and he is paid for his comments, but that is just his opinion."

O'Connor also refuted the suggestion that Sligo GAA was split at administrative level .

"There are no major splits in the board. People didn't take up posts for their own reasons.

"And as for the failure to finish the centre of excellence that Eamonn referred to, we will not ask him back to finish the job until we have finance in place to pay the contractor."

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