Carr to Dubs’ defence

Former Dublin manager Tommy Carr criticised the current lack of involvement of players from Meath’s glory era of the 1980s and ’90s and said other counties’ weakness should not be an excuse to split Dublin.

Bernard Flynn, a two-time All-Ireland winner with Meath, lamented the heavy loss to Cavan on yesterday’s edition of Sunday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1, but in responding, Carr pointed to non-activity in managerial roles of former players.

“Bernard made the point that somebody needs to do something about Meath football, but none of his peers of that time have done anything,” Carr said. “I know that they’re experts and analysts but they haven’t done anything for Meath football, it’s easy to stand by and criticise.”

While saying he would not answer directly “as we’re on air”, Flynn replied: “There are three players I played with, Seán Brady, Colm Kelly and Trevor Giles, three good coaches, they’re involved, and Mick O’Dowd is a good young manager too.

“They need time, Meath don’t have the players that Dublin or Donegal have at the moment, we’re not at that level at all. The lads will be disgusted with the performance, there was a lack of heart and a downright poor attitude on the field.

“Would we like to see Gerry McEntee or Colm O’Rourke there? I personally would have loved it if McEntee had stepped up.”

Carr, however, felt the county is reaping what it has sown.

“One of the reasons that Meath don’t have the level of players that Dublin have is because they haven’t put in the work at underage level,” he said.

“It’s too easy and it’s too lazy to sit back and say, ‘We don’t have the players’. Dublin have made the players, they have put the resources into the players and so have other counties but there are too many counties that haven’t.

“This also chips in with this argument about splitting Dublin, but let the other counties bring their standards up, let them put in the resources, let them develop the players, but don’t be looking to split a county that has put in the effort and put in the time.

“That’s an easy way out for anybody who sees Dublin as being too successful, and Leinster doesn’t necessarily need Meath, that’s just a nice catch-cry, there are plenty of other counties willing to put in the time and the effort, and for that they’ll get the reward.”

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