Sunday 25 August 2019

Peter Canavan: 'As Dublin welcome back a prized asset, Tyrone have lost one - and serious questions must be asked'

Peter Donnelly, Tyrone strength and conditioning coach, will join Ulster Rugby after the championship. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Peter Donnelly, Tyrone strength and conditioning coach, will join Ulster Rugby after the championship. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Peter Canavan

Everyone has their view on Diarmuid Connolly's Dublin return. Some say Jim Gavin is being disrespectful to the players that have worked hard and been loyal without game time.

Others say leaving a player like Connolly out of their five-in-a-row bid is lunacy but the rights and wrongs will only be determined whether or not Dublin win the All-Ireland.

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If Dublin lift Sam Maguire - whether he plays Connolly or not - Gavin made the right decision. If they don't, then he was wrong and people will lambaste him. Managers live or die by their big decisions.

Mickey Harte made a huge call starting me in the 2003 All-Ireland final and bringing me on again in the second half but because we won, it was a masterstroke.

If we'd lost, Mickey would have been slated. It was the same in 2008 when he brought back Stephen O'Neill and it'll be the same with Dublin and Connolly as the winners write the script.

As Dublin welcome back one of their prized assets, Tyrone lose one of theirs with Peter Donnelly taking up a strength and conditioning role with Ulster Rugby. This is bad news and serious questions must be asked.

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