The corner-forward, one of the longest serving players in the Galway squad, said what has happened in the past two years since they reached the 2012 All-Ireland is not acceptable.
“We can butter it up whatever way we want but the last two years were a disaster. Just beating Laois isn’t good enough, just as a player it isn’t good enough.
“We haven’t won anything in the last two years, we haven’t brought home any silverware, we haven’t brought home any medals and I think that speaks volumes and it’s not good enough.”
Hayes, speaking on Galway Bay FM, said Galway, without an All-Ireland since 1988, had ‘gone backwards’ in the past two years.
Clubs in Galway have been asked to make nominations for the role of manager as Anthony Cunningham’s three-year term has ended. Cunningham wants to stay on along with selectors Eugene Cloonan and Damien Curley.
Hayes said Galway have not pushed on since losing the All- Ireland final replay to Kilkenny two years ago. They lost another replay to Kilkenny this year in the Leinster semi-final before being overrun in the final quarter a week later against Tipperary in the qualifiers.
“We got to an All-Ireland final in 2012, we should have won it, we went to a replay. I thought we would have made ground, we would have got into a settled team. We would have started to build on 2012, but we have just beaten Laois in the last two years, it’s hugely disappointing, hugely frustrating,” added Hayes.