Wednesday 13 December 2017

Martin Breheny: Gardiner needs to accept Rebel fate

John Gardiner
John Gardiner
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

John Gardiner gave Cork excellent service for more than a decade, but he is now doing himself a great disservice by pedalling the 'hard done by' line in the week before the All-Ireland final.

He also left the trailing leg of suspicion when asked if he thought his omission from the Cork panel had anything to do with his involvement in various disputes with the county board.

He said that Jimmy Barry-Murphy had told him it wasn't a factor, but when asked if he believed the manager, he replied: "That's for ye to decide, I suppose. I don't know."

It didn't sound like a man totally convinced that his past had not influenced JBM's thinking, although the idea that any manager would opt to weaken his squad to make a point about bygone wars is fanciful to the point of being unbelievable.

Surely the more credible option is that JBM felt that John was no longer good enough to be on the panel.

The constant changing of the guard is the story of sporting life, but, for some reason, some Cork players seem to find that impossible to accept in recent seasons.

Raging against the dying of the light is never a pleasant sight and certainly not in All-Ireland final week.

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