Tuesday 24 October 2017

Furious Buckley takes a swipe back at his critics

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

LIAM BUCKLEY has hit back at 'MNS' pundit Stuart Byrne and winter departure Sean O'Connor for questioning his management and the winning mentality of St Patrick's Athletic.

The Dubliner addressed both critics in the wake of Friday night's 3-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers.

Byrne had expressed his doubts about Buckley (pictured right) being the man to take the Saints forward, while Hoops recruit O'Connor claimed that his new club had more ambition.

Their comments prompted a strong response from Buckley, who declared: "Stuart Byrne doesn't know me from Adam. I have never worked with him as a player or as a coach. And yet he has an opinion, an outrageous opinion, I would have felt. I wonder where he got that from?

"He has no idea what I am involved in from that end of it. He knows nothing about the running of St Pat's. We are all bursting our absolute b***s – I don't mind saying that.

"Last season we finished third in the league and, with three games to go, bearing in mind we had a load of other s***e to deal with as you are well aware (a veiled reference to speculation about assistant Trevor Croly's imminent move to take over at Shamrock Rovers), we had a chance of doing the double.

"If he says that is not ambitious, well, I'm in the wrong game. This is coming from basically a part-time player who has a format on TV to give out.

"As far as I know, he hasn't a coaching badge and I'm sort of saying to myself, 'Do I really have to answer to him?' Trust me, I won't be doing it any more."

Buckley was also disappointed with O'Connor's comments and believes that the player should be grateful to the Saints for resurrecting his career following a difficult period after he initially left Rovers in 2010.

"He was ran out of there a few years back (Tallaght). He didn't pick up a team and went down to Limerick, a First Division club, and couldn't get in at there.

"In fairness to Pat's, they rescued his career and gave him an opportunity. Don't get me wrong, he did well for us in the first half of the season, he did well from a playing point of view, but I just think he should have a little gratitude."

Irish Independent

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