Ó Domhnaill says Tribe problems ‘deep-rooted’ after Mayo massacre

Former All-Ireland double winner Seán Ó Domhnaill has called for a root and branch review of Galway football following Sunday’s Connacht SFC hammering by Mayo.

Ó Domhnaill says Tribe   problems  ‘deep-rooted’ after  Mayo massacre

Ó Domhnaill, a midfielder for the Tribesmen when they won the All-Ireland titles in 1998 and 2001 and selector when Joe Kernan was Galway manager in 2010, said football in the county was “going backwards”.

The An Cheathrú Rua clubman believed the players in Sunday’s 17-point loss to Mayo should be hurting but blaming them and the management was missing the point.

“Sacking Alan and the lads, that’s not the answer. Surely now the penny has dropped that we are so far behind? Football has moved on. We have been putting our head in the sand a bit saying that we play attractive football. But it has been shown that that is not going to win matches in the championship.

“We were second to the ball, we were weak, we didn’t have any plan B, we gave up so much possession. If you were watching an U12 or U14 match you’d be giving out to them.

“But you can’t blame the lads, they were outwitted, out-thought and we have to put in way more work behind the scenes. Dieticians, training, tactics, the whole idea, it is about time we wake up as supporters because this Galway team is just not good enough.”

Ó Domhnaill said the problem was even more deep-rooted as he feels Mayo have a lot more to offer than Sunday’s margin of victory.

“You have got to understand the deficit is probably even more than that. I don’t even think Mayo went past third gear,” he told Galway Bay FM.

“Anyone that says Mayo were at their best are codding themselves. That Mayo team is even better than that. The goal at the end gave it a bit of gloss. We seem to be going backwards instead of forwards,” said Ó Domhnaill, who added that four All-Ireland U21 wins in the past 12 years had not made an impact.

But the midfielder said that all was not lost. In 2001 Galway became the first team to come through the backdoor system to win the All-Ireland title having been beaten by Roscommon in the Connacht championship.

“Galway are going to have to go back to basics,” believes Ó Domhnaill. “We can’t just go out and play nice football, we have to play the style for who we are going to be playing. It is only two weeks ago we were the best team in the country after winning an U21 title playing very good football. But it was shown that the gulf between U21 and senior is a huge gulf.

“What it is now is a bit of credibility for the team. They need to win the next match to put a bit of respect back into this county again. We are at a low ebb at the moment.

“It will be hard for people to keep coming out to support this team but they will, but the players themselves will have to start giving something back in the scenario of pride and they are going to have to start showing something.”

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