Saturday 14 December 2019

Dessie hits back at Dubs' critics claiming success 'not sustainable'

Dessie Farrell
Dessie Farrell
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

FORMER Dublin star Dessie Farrell has branded some of the commentary surrounding the strength of football in the capital as "scaremongering" and insisted their current rate of success is unlikely to be sustained.

Farrell guided the county's U-21 footballers to a second title in three years in the grade to go with the pair of senior crowns they have secured since 2011, but he believes some of the reaction has been over the top.

"I think there is a little bit of scaremongering going on about the success of Dublin," he argued.

"It's probably a little bit too early to make a final call on that. While it's been great, wearing my Dublin hat, to win two senior All-Ireland titles in the last number of years, we were quite lucky in how we beat Kerry in the semi-finals and then there was only a point in it in the All-Ireland final, so it's not as if we're steamrolling opponents in the championship.

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"While we're fortunate to have a very good crop of players at senior and U-21 level, I can't see that being sustained and I think the challenge for Dublin is to try and keep it going for as long as possible – it won't last forever."

The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) CEO also stated they are in favour of "equalisation," a process that would see central funds distributed differently to help smaller counties compete.

Further down the line amalgamation of some counties could be an option, though he admits that would be a hard-sell for some GAA people.

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"Ultimately, you can't impose anything on an individual county or a number of counties. It has to be of their own volition and there has to be an appetite to do that. Our games are so unique and they thrive on that parochial nature and that's why they've prospered. It'll be a difficult model to break down."

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