Monday 23 October 2017

'If he's so good, why didn't he win a second All Ireland?': Eugene McGee slams Jim McGuinness over black card criticism

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Eugene McGee has launched a cutting attack on Jim McGuinness after the former Donegal manager criticised the black card in his newspaper column.

McGuinness' article today was titled 'Black card is ruining football', with the All-Ireland-winning coach outlining while he feels the rule is bad for the game.

McGee, who managed Offaly to All-Ireland glory in 1982, was on the committee that devised the black card. The Irish Independent columnist has said that the black card should be reviewed after three years in use but McGuinness feels that it should be scrapped entirely.

Read more: Eugene McGee calls for 'review' of controversial black card

Speaking to Midlands 103 this afternoon, McGee hit out at McGuinness, saying that GAA players and fans shouldn't take everything the Sky pundit says as gospel.

"Jim McGuinness thinks because he won one All-Ireland he is the high priest of football and the Irish Times gives him space to expound on his theories," McGee said.

"If he is that good, why didn't he win a second All-Ireland or a third All-Ireland? So, I'm simply saying that the vast majority of people that I know are happy with the black card. It is a strange new rule and it has taken a long time to get used to it."

McGee also addressed one particular criticism of the black card - that referees apply it so inconsistently that it is ruining the game.

"No two referees use it the same way, that is what we call inconsistencies but you could say that about many other things like picking the ball off the ground, the penalty or the square ball," McGee said.

"Inconsistency is endemic in referees at every level, from the highest to the lowest."

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