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GAA Discussion / Re: Does Pat Spillane need apologise to Tyrone GAA?
« on: September 28, 2021, 05:17:38 PM »
Spillane should be dropped to be honest, he started the role years ago when he just finished playing and was a well known figure but not many people under 40 would have ever saw him or O'Rourke play therefore they are pretty irrelevant now.

They've had a good innings but I agree that they have definitely had their time. Anyone who can last that long and stay as relevant in the punditry game for that long has obviously done well for themselves but there comes a time where things have to move on.

In saying that, I wouldn't exactly have much faith in RTE in replacing them with better pundits especially given the fact that they appear to want to increasingly go for a bland and personality free zone.   

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General discussion / Re: 💩 DUP C*ntwatch - somewhat back on-topic!
« on: September 28, 2021, 04:25:27 PM »
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-58716994

Unionist politicians must have got together and having witnessed the empty shelves and queues at filling stations in Britain thought 'We need a bit of that!'. Not suprising but the timing couldn't be any worse with what is taking place in Britain at the minute. The full implications of Brexit are only beginning to take hold and Unionist politicians want the full Brexit warts and all. As Nelson McCausland previously said 'I don't care what situation we face as long as we're out of Europe.

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GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: September 24, 2021, 10:09:09 PM »
What a surprise!! You could see this coming from a mile off as soon as Jack O’Connor threw his hat in the ring whilst still Kildare manager even though the Kerry job wasn’t available at that point. Whether Keane deserved another year is open for debate but he was treated shabbily by Kerry in the end and Jack O’Connor doesn’t come out of it very well either.

There was a pretence that the job was open for applications but the reality is that O’Connor had been sounded out in advance.

What's the logic in bringing back Jack. Hasn't he been there twice before. I would expect he wil be gunning for tyrone next year.

I don’t know but it’s a poor reflection on other prospective managers within Kerry if they’re winding the clock back 17 years. Worse still if he takes Paddy Tally in to coach them how to play football, just look at the type of football Galway and Down played under him.

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GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: September 24, 2021, 09:12:10 PM »
What a surprise!! You could see this coming from a mile off as soon as Jack O’Connor threw his hat in the ring whilst still Kildare manager even though the Kerry job wasn’t available at that point. Whether Keane deserved another year is open for debate but he was treated shabbily by Kerry in the end and Jack O’Connor doesn’t come out of it very well either.

There was a pretence that the job was open for applications but the reality is that O’Connor had been sounded out in advance.

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General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: September 24, 2021, 03:12:25 PM »
Rory having a nightmare, that match is over after 5 holes.

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GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: September 23, 2021, 01:16:33 PM »
Donnie Buckley gets some coverage for a coach. Was he not with Kerry when beat by cork? Was he involved with those naive mayo teams? Even look at Monaghan last year, shocking defending against Armagh and tyrone at times . He’s obviously a decent coach but not sure he’s won a lot?

The buck stops with the manager. When you're a backroom team member then you can always hide behind that if things go badly but win and you're hailed as a genius. This applies to S & C coaches, performance coaches and all other sorts of backroom team members, its a no lose situation for them. Buckley does get an awful lot of praise for a man that has not won an All Ireland though.

I don't know if Peter Keane is the answer to Kerry but whilst they had an abberration last year against Cork, this year they were playing probably the best football seen since a peak Dublin of a few years ago - at least up until the Tyrone match. They became too obsessed with beating Dublin but on balance I think Keane deserves another year.     

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GAA Discussion / Re: Cowardly criticism of players
« on: September 22, 2021, 01:04:15 PM »
I've seen plenty of people wade in with criticism of these so called Mayo criticis. Yet barring Joe Brolly, has there really been that much personal criticism of them, because I haven't seen it. Or perhaps they are just afraid of calling out Brolly directly and instead make it some form of generalised complaint.

If there is a lot of criticism then the people who should be most defending their own players are the Mayo county board and team management. If I'm a Mayo player already hurting after losing an All Ireland final, I don't need to open the newspaper the following morning to be told that I'm a timewaster. The management and county board owe it to their players to defend their reputation but instead it has been mostly other media making some vague form of criticism of the abuse. 

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General discussion / Re: 💩 DUP C*ntwatch - now off-topic!
« on: September 17, 2021, 12:56:47 PM »
Listened to Bruton on Radio Ulster news this morning saying Mickey D was out of order. A tube of a man.

What a surprise, if it wasn't him it would have been Charlie Flanagan.

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GAA Discussion / Re: AIF 2021 -- Maigh Eo vs Tír Eoghain
« on: September 17, 2021, 11:35:37 AM »
I agree with that. The last few years under Mickey the team were superbly conditioned but the style of play was micromanaged and very clearly restricted the players. How often were they scared to really commit to attack or shoot? Scared of being subbed after a mistake or immediately after a yellow. The players invariably made poor calls under pressure. The same players who showed great composure these last few weeks. All those years when we dropped an incredible number of shots short. Hardly saw that this year. There was also a recognisable and consistent spine to the team, something else we didn't have under Mickey and the players flourished with it. Look also at the extra number of bodies up the field. I was watching back and at Canavan's late goal chance there are 6 Tyrone players up in attack. The last few years we almost always tried to defend leads late on against good teams. Here we were 4 up late on in the All Ireland final and trying to score a goal. Even putting Donaghy on as a sub at that stage  ;D

Mickey is a legend but he became obsessed by defending and systems which to me meant his teams could never fulfil their potential. That was sad as it was the opposite of his great noughties team. The current lot might well not have beaten the Dubs at their best, but neither would they have been finished after losing an early goal which scuppered their rigid defensive plan. So huge credit to Mickey for his massive achievements and his work in developing many of these players, but he was there a few years too long and was latterly holding them back.

Very much agree with that.

It's the difference between a pre programmed, systematic, stats obsessed approach. Dooher and Logan trusted and empowered the players to make good decisions on the field.

Harte was very good at preparing a team but his set up left little room for any risk taking. The argument he had on BBC with Oisin McConville around inside forwards not having to win their own ball was very instructive in itself. I don't think Niall Morgan would have been booming kick outs 80 metres up the pitch under Mickey Harte which is where they created many of their key scores in the big matches. This might have not been beneficial for Morgans own possession statistics in a team meeting but it was certainly more beneficial for the team.

The other thing about it is that Tyrone were very predictable for other top opponents to stifle under Harte. Everybody knew how they would set up by playing the percentages via a constant recycling of possession and defending zonally. There was an element of surprise that existed this year which the opposition wasn't ready for. 

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GAA Discussion / Re: Football All stars 2021
« on: September 17, 2021, 10:35:06 AM »
I would have that as my team as well and with Meyler as POTY

David Moran, no chance.

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General discussion / Re: Northern Ireland The Centenary of OWC
« on: September 16, 2021, 06:07:20 PM »
What a centenary celebration it has been for Unionism. Sea border, street protests and 5 different Unionist leaders in a calendar year. The 'celebrations' have really taken a back burner.

Thankfully Higgins has taken the only rational course of action and not helped legitimise the creation of a sectarian statelet that has been nothing but an unmitigated disaster.     

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General discussion / Re: 💩 DUP C*ntwatch - Under new new management
« on: September 16, 2021, 11:06:40 AM »
Said it before. Everyone is free to make their own decisions but you have to suffer the consequences of your actions. Unfortunately for these people the consequences were fatal but they were given a choice that many other people across the world never had.

Or others also have to suffer the consequences of your actions - those left behind.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: September 16, 2021, 10:47:45 AM »
United have no clear strategic plan. When all the euphoria around the Ronaldo transfer subsides it might dawn that they will have far too many players within the squad. In terms of attacking players they have Bruno, Pogba, Sancho, Ronaldo, Rashford, Greenwood, Martial, Lingaard and Cavani. At least 4 and probably 5 of those will not be in the starting XI every week whilst 2 of them will not even make the match day squad. In reality Pogba, Ronaldo and Bruno will start most games so that leaves very little room for the other players.

You have named a list of players that includes midfielders, wingers and backup players, which you could do in the same quantity for any of the top teams.

Yes but all of them would be considered attacking players. Excluding the back 5 and 2 central midfielders (Pogba could possibly be used in that role but I don't think hes a top level central midfielder and hasn't the discipline to play the role in this United team) there is only room for 4 of them in a strongest XI. I don't see any other team with anywhere near that level of attacking depth but I don't think it is part of a club strategy.

There are players in that squad who should have been moved on like Martial, Lingaard and Jones but because of the existing wage policy they can't get them off the books since nobody else will pay them the same wages. If they're not playing then it becomes worse since they aren't in the shop window. I don't know what wages Lingaard is earning but his stock will not have been any higher than it was in the summer after a successful spell at West Ham. That was the perfect time to sell but that opportunity has now gone and his value will likely fall if he is not playing.   

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General discussion / Re: 💩 DUP C*ntwatch - Under new new management
« on: September 16, 2021, 10:01:33 AM »
Gets worse....

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/unvaccinated-mother-and-daughter-die-within-days-of-each-other-from-covid-19-in-same-hospital-ward-40856306.html

When you see the consequences for the people left behind, it does need to be publicly highlighted to get people to think about the impact of their stupidity or selfishness. Any public representative or non qualified persons with a public profile who are peddling anti-vax rhetoric are really just dicing with other peoples lives. 

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GAA Discussion / Re: AIF 2021 -- Maigh Eo vs Tír Eoghain
« on: September 15, 2021, 10:40:26 PM »
No such thing as an easy All Ireland and it doesn’t matter who you beat enroute. But the All Ireland that Dublin won in 2020 must go down as the softest win in recent history.

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