Sunday 22 September 2019

'If this is over getting a DVD, it would seem extremely petty' - Ger Loughnane on Jim Gavin vs RTÉ dispute

Jim Gavin. Photo: Sportsfile
Jim Gavin. Photo: Sportsfile

Legendary Clare manager Ger Loughnane think that Jim Gavin, Joe Schmidt and Martin O'Neill have been a 'little bit too precious' in their recent dealings with the media.

Dublin boss Gavin has recently refused to talk to RTÉ over a dispute regarding match DVDs, while Ireland rugby coach Schmidt has restricted the access given to newspapers journalists after matches, and O'Neill has had a number of testy interviews with RTÉ reporter Tony O'Donoghue.

Speaking on The Buzz Sports Show, Loughnane offered his opinion on the recent incidents, saying that he 'can't understand' why the managers 'are so sensitive to any kind of comment that isn't in praise of them'.

"I have such regard for Jim Gavin but if this thing is over getting a DVD or not getting a DVD from RTÉ, it would seem extremely petty," he said.

"And a carry-over from last year and the Diarmuid Connolly incident. All that RTÉ did, looking on as a neutral, was they just quoted a rule about an altercation with a linesman.

"You look at it with Martin O'Neill and Joe Schmidt and think, what is the reason for it? Why are they so sensitive to any kind of criticism? Because really, when you are in that bubble with a team, you have to make sure that the skin of that bubble is so thick that it insulates you from anything going on outside.

"There is no major controversy around the Dublin team, the Irish rugby team or the Irish soccer team so I just don't understand why they are so sensitive to any kind of comment that isn't in praise of them. They just give off the notion that they are being a little bit too precious at the moment."

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