Stephen Rochford was on Newstalk’s Off the Ball show last night. In a wide-ranging chat with Joe Molloy and Kevin Kilbane, Stephen looks back on the 2017 season and casts his mind ahead to the coming year.
In his usual matter-of-fact way, Stephen deals with the aftermath of this year’s final and gives his view on the outrageously over the top criticism aimed at him this summer by the frothier sections of the media. He also clarifies his plans for the senior panel next April, scotching in the process the notion that a warm weather training camp was ever in the diary for then.
Stephen provides some insights into the logistical issues he faces in dealing with a geographically split panel, several of whom are based in Dublin, as well as giving his views on the ongoing club v. county tug-of-war within the GAA. In this context, he also touches on Donie Vaughan’s recent decision to transfer to Castlebar. GPS-gate even gets a mention too.
It’s an interesting interview, one in which Stephen sounds relaxed and upbeat ahead of the new year of football that’s now just around the corner. It’s well worth a listen and you can do so here: