Thursday 22 February 2018

Lilywhites reap rewards of their clubs' impatience

'When the mob burned Kieran McGeeney (pictured) out about a row over fixtures, they had a plan for the future, it was well thought out and detailed how we would be restored to football's top table, right?'
'When the mob burned Kieran McGeeney (pictured) out about a row over fixtures, they had a plan for the future, it was well thought out and detailed how we would be restored to football's top table, right?'

Ger Gilroy

May you live in interesting times. That's the curse, right? Kildare football fans know all about it for these are truly interesting times.

When the mob burned Kieran McGeeney out about a row over fixtures (or some other fig leaf), they had a plan for the future, it was well thought-out and detailed how we would be restored to football's top table, right?

The clubs who instigated the heave are reaping the rewards for their impatience now, although presumably they don't actually believe they have any responsibility or accountability. Democracy can have some profound and perverse effects sometimes.

As a county with a population of 210,000 and something approaching a football tradition, Kildare supporters rightly demand some level of competitiveness from their team.

Meath and Armagh have both proven that a quick year in Division 3 isn't the death penalty it once was but it's not good news either. There's no dressing up a relegation to the third tier, five years removed from being contenders.

It drains the confidence of a fickle enough support, it means the groans from the crowd at missed frees get louder and it makes the ground that bit stickier at training. The thing is it has no bearing on the Leinster championship or Kildare's inevitable run in the qualifiers per se. Dublin will win Leinster and the quarter-finals represent success anyway. At least the league is "interesting".

Irish Independent

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