McGeeney takes a pop at 'cowardly' critics

Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney has dubbed some critics of his team as 'cowards', with particular reference to players who now work as analysts for the media.

McGeeney has come under fire following Kildare's exit from the All-Ireland Championship at the hands of Tyrone on Saturday night, and there is speculation that it could prove to be his last match after six years at the helm.

Speaking to local radio station KFM, the Armagh man did not mention any names when he referred to the analysts as 'cowards', although it is clear they are former players whose opinions he has little time for.

"You just have to keep going. There are people out there who will tear you apart. I played with a few of these boys and these fellas were cowards when they were playing and they are cowards now when they tear these fellas apart," he insisted.

"You just have to accept that from people – you have good people out there too. They will analyse the game and they will see the sloppiness.

"These fellas were cowards when they were playing and they are cowards now.

"You have to take that sort of thing on the chin. That's good analysis of a game. You have to take that and move on. The naysayers and the people who are there for entertainment, you just ignore them and get on with it."

A couple of players-turn-analysts have tweeted today on the topic - former Laois footballer Colm Parkinson, who played briefly with McGeeney in the 1998 International Rules series, and Geezer's old Na Fianna club colleague Senan Connell.

Parkinson, a regular now on Newstalk's airwaves, said: "I played with him (for 10 minutes) at International Rules in 1998. Is that long enough to be branded a coward? I was pretty scared I suppose!"

TV3 GAA regular Connell, a three-time Leinster winner with Dublin, added: "There's more fellas ducking and diving this morning than a Premiership match on an ice rink." He included the hashtag '#fairplaygeezer'.

McGeeney was non-committal about his managerial future in the aftermath of the Newbridge defeat, but the Kildare County Board may still feel that the 2002 All-Ireland winning captain deserves one more shot at elusive provincial and national silverware.

Before Saturday's loss to the Red Hands, McGeeney had enjoyed an unbeaten run in All-Ireland qualifiers since 2008 with 15 wins and a draw. He has also brought through a number of promising players from the minor and Under-21 ranks, guiding the Lilywhites to the Leinster U-21 title this season.

During his tenure, there have been appearances in one Leinster final (2009) and one All-Ireland semi-final (2010) and Kildare contested five successive All-Ireland quarter-finals up to this year.


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