Saturday 21 April 2018

McNulty 'surprise' over board criticism

Laois manager Justin McNulty. Photo: Sportsfile
Laois manager Justin McNulty. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Laois manager Justin McNulty has admitted his "surprise" at the content of a county board meeting on Monday night at which delegates criticised the style of play adopted by the team as they lost to Longford in a Leinster Championship opener.

Despite leading by 0-9 to 0-3 at half-time and launching 50pc more attacks than Longford during the match, Laois still lost by a point, fuelling strong criticism at board level that they are too negative and far too defensively minded.

On top of relegation from Division 1, it puts pressure on the former Armagh defender to deliver in the forthcoming qualifiers.

McNulty refutes the criticism over the perception that they are defensive and going against the attacking tradition of Laois football, but he has declined to expand on his "surprise" at the content of the meeting, suggesting that it would serve no purpose at this stage to respond.

"Like everyone else involved with Laois GAA, I am very disappointed with the defeat to Longford on Sunday," he said yesterday.

"But I'm going to make no further comment at this stage as I don't believe anything I say will help my main goal now, which is to progress as far as possible in the qualifiers with Laois."

McNulty is Laois' third manager since the departure of Mick O'Dwyer at the end of the 2006 campaign, and in that time only Liam Kearns has returned them to a Leinster final, in 2007.

Irish Independent

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