Tuesday 20 March 2018

Galway legend Pádraic Joyce hits out at Joe Brolly's Gooch criticism and reveals how he silenced the outspoken pundit

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Two-time All-Ireland winner Pádraic Joyce has criticised the lack of analysis of last week's Allianz League Sunday programme and hit out at Joe Brolly's criticism of the recently-retired Colm Cooper.

Kerry edged out Dublin a thriller last Sunday but was disappointed at the level of analysis the RTE panel of Brolly, Tomás Ó Sé and Ciaran Whelan went into that night.

"I wouldn’t be a great man for the auld social media but this tweet I put up last Sunday night generated a few likes, so clearly I said what others were thinking. I prefer analysis to opinion, and I think a lot of GAA people don’t even watch it at this point," he wrote in his blog for AIB GAA.

"I wanted some insight into the decision to take off Cian O’Sullivan, and why Dublin put on Kevin McManamon and Michael Darragh Macauley after taking off the centre-back and Ciaran Reddin. How did Kerry stop O’Sullivan having such an influence on the game?"

He was clearly not impressed by Brolly's criticism of the over eulogising of Cooper in the wake of the 33-year-old's inter-county retirement.

Brolly also questioned the Gooch's lack of a 'warrior personality' and used his record against northern teams in the noughties to back up his argument.

Joyce used an anecdote from 1998 to suggest that the Derry native is the last analyst who should be besmirching someone for being outmarked.

"The GAA needs characters like Joe Brolly. I’m not trying to draw Joe Brolly onto me! After all, he is a more academically qualified and a more intelligent gentleman than I will ever be! But I can’t not mention him going on about the Gooch," he added.

"Northern teams such as Tyrone, Donegal and Armagh always had two men around him and another one watching, unlike Cork and Mayo. That has to be understood. When did you ever see any forward kick 1-4 or five points from play against those aforementioned teams in their heyday?

"I once got a rise out of Joe by reminding him of the 1998 All-Ireland semi-final against us, he was taken off well before the final whistle sounded because Tomas Mannion had him in his pocket from the first minute. He was giving me guff one night after a charity game and I said “Joe, I’ll get Tomas Mannion after you..!” which quietened him.

"I always remember the camera panning to Joe just after half-time and he’s on the bench rubbing his head, whereas he’d been off blowing kisses to the crowd in Clones just a few weeks earlier after big Geoffrey McGonigle handed him one on a plate.

"So I am just not sure Joe is so qualified to give such a heavily-weighted opinion about the Gooch not scoring against these teams when he will be hard pressed to name someone who did. Sometimes, if you have nothing positive to say in certain situations, you are better off saying nothing at all.

"One cost-saving measure that RTE should look at is this: the next time they use Joe, they would be better off getting him on alone as the people on with him rarely get a word in anyway. "

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