As you can imagine, our dirty linen is draped in full view of the nation this morning, with plenty of coverage about the crisis that has engulfed Noel and Pat’s management of the county team.
Perhaps the most significant piece is this one by Colm Keys in the Irish Independent where – confirming what Marty Morrissey said in that RTÉ News report yesterday evening – it’s stated that Noel and Pat have no immediate plans to step down following the vote of no-confidence in them voted by the majority of the players the weekend before last. My understanding, for what it’s worth, is that one of the two lads (whom I’m not going to name) has indicated he’s prepared to go but publicly at least the duo would seem to be holding firm for now.
The resultant stand-off, if prolonged, obviously has the potential to cause enormous damage. If Noel and Pat stay put, then the players will either have to back down, which seems unlikely, or else they’ll have to up the ante and tell the lads that they won’t play for them, which sadly appears inevitable. No matter how you look at it, Noel and Pat’s goose looks cooked and the only thing they’ll achieve by hanging tough is to poison the atmosphere still further and bequeath an even more bitter legacy to the person who comes after them.
The atmosphere looks well poisoned already, indeed, what with those two dreadful pieces in the Connaught Telegraph (the one on Lee Keegan and that other blatantly pro-Holmes piece) and that downright stupid intervention yesterday by Martin Carney, which the Indo covers today. The players also get a taste in the same paper of the kind of treatment that awaits them in the national media in the months ahead as Eugene McGee puts on his hob-nailed boots and proceeds to lay into them.
Thankfully, there are more sensible voices out there. John Casey is interviewed in the Irish Examiner today and while he has no sympathy with the players’ actions and is supportive of his former team-mates, he keeps his analysis clear-headed and to the point. John reckons there’s no way Noel and Pat can hang on given what’s happened, a conclusion that Colm Keys, writing in today’s Indo, also reaches. Conor Mortimer, meanwhile, interviewed in the Irish Examiner, traces the problem right back to the beginning, with the appointment of Noel and Pat, and it’s hard to argue with that analysis either.
So, then, that’s where we are, with the majority of the players saying they want the lads out, the managers saying they’re going nowhere and the County Board claiming the crisis has come as a total shock to them, despite the world and its spouse having known it was brewing for ages. Jesus, but we’re great crack altogether, aren’t we?
I’ve been reluctant to run any kind of poll on the crisis but given the developing stand-off, I think we now have a clear question that needs testing, i.e. should Noel and Pat resign? I’ll sign off for now by posing this straightforward question.
Should Noel and Pat resign?
- Yes (86%, 853 Votes)
- No (14%, 144 Votes)
Total Voters: 997