Tuesday 22 January 2019

Down boss Tally hits out at 'flawed analysis'

Paddy Tally. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Paddy Tally. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Paddy Tally will make no apologies for making Down hard to beat and says he won't be accepting any "flawed analysis" of his footballing philosophy as he begins his inter-county managerial career.

Tally played a key role in Galway's progress this year to a league final and a first All-Ireland semi-final appearance since 2001 as part of Kevin Walsh's backroom team.

He insists he doesn't pay much attention to those who were critical of Galway's defensive set-up that was blamed on Tally's influence.

"I don't really pass any remarks on it to be honest with you, I never did," he said. "Galway played a certain way and, as much as we were tight at the back, we were also very good up front. All I can do is put a system in place that is the best for a particular team.

"Now, if it doesn't suit somebody's palette, I can do nothing about that.

"I think it's... I wouldn't say it's weak analysis, but certainly it's flawed in a lot of ways.

"It'd be quite weak of me to organise a team to satisfy a pundit, or a number of pundits."

Irish Independent

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