Hegarty slams GAA pundits

Wexford football trainer John Hegarty has lashed the standard of football punditry — and The Sunday Game in particular — for what he believes is a lack of knowledge about teams and players beyond the leading All-Ireland contenders, the Irish Examiner has reported.

Wexford football trainer John Hegarty has lashed the standard of football punditry — and The Sunday Game in particular — for what he believes is a lack of knowledge about teams and players beyond the leading All-Ireland contenders, the Irish Examiner has reported.

The Leinster losing finalists face Limerick in the fourth round of the All-Ireland qualifiers on Saturday but the former Wexford forward claims that neither team is being afforded the respect they deserve by the game’s commentators.

Jason Ryan’s side are being tipped to account for their Munster opponents with some degree of comfort in Portlaoise but the Kilanerin clubman has argued that just as many people were predicting an equally straightforward victory for Dublin over them in the Leinster final.

In the end, Dublin had just a single goal to spare.

"A lot of regular punters and even pundits don’t actually know a huge amount about teams outside the top ones like Kerry, Cork, Tyrone and Dublin," he said yesterday.

"Like, it was said for years that, without Matty Forde, Wexford would struggle.

"We have played (Limerick) twice this year and they beat us both times. We had much more to play for when we played in the league and they still beat us.

"We met them in a pre-championship challenge as well and they beat us again.

"We gave it our best shot in that game, we went all out to win it, so Limerick are better than people give them credit.

"Teams like Limerick need to be given more credit by the likes of The Sunday Game and these people."

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