Former Offaly star Daithi Regan has blasted the county’s senior management for the manner of the team’s Allianz Hurling League defeat to Limerick on Sunday.
And the hurling analyst is fearful for what the future holds for the game in the county in 2013 — and beyond.
He blasted: “Limerick were quicker to breaks. We played a sweeper back in the second half, which was an incredible thing to do considering Limerick play a possession game. We were pucking ball down on their half-back line and they had two or three men, drove through somebody and were able to play good ball in, so it was very, very poor.
“We’ve done nothing in a year-and-a half, to be honest with you, and I’d be less loathe to pin it on players. I just think from a management point of view, a year and a half down the line we still don’t know what’s the best system. We’re trying to play a possession game and we’re light years behind where other teams are who do it, if you think of Limerick and Clare in particular. The first man taken off was a guy that was inside in the corner and not one ball had gone in, Cathal Parlon. I know it hadn’t gone well for him but he was trying hard. We bring in a forward instead of him and nothing going in when we were in trouble way out the field — it was very poor, considering what was at stake. We’re now in Division Two (1B) for another year. If we got up to Division One (1A) hurling, you can start to build from there. Look at how Clare have kicked on since they’ve gone up there so for me — and I don’t want to sound too despondent — but the reality is the Championship is a write-off already. We needed to get to Division One.
“I got laced last year for saying that within five years we’ll be playing Christy Ring. Well, we were lucky to beat 14-man Carlow and we hurled like a Christy Ring team in the second half (v Limerick). So there’s no good news out of it.”
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