Completely agree with this. The current management are in place. There is nothing in very short term we can do but there are a few issues that need to be acknowledged.Toxicity234 wrote:Yeah, Our underage progress in a problem.
P. Boland and Byrne picked the manager.
Can't blame the Manger.. He knows nothing about Offaly Hurling.. . But if you have seen Galway hurler in the last two years you will know that there Full forward line is Huge. Putting out physical small Lads vs that full forward line and they run straight through you and that what happen today.
Ryan Has to know something about Hurling and Galway. otherwise well why is he managing a hurling team.
So if i can't blame the manager and i won't blame the lads that are been sent out like lambs to the slaughter. I have to blame the people that put that system in Place, The ones that have been in different CB jobs over the Last 10 years and the one that appointed another Coach instead of a manager.
That lead us back to the County Board. Which the underage set is shit and that may not be P. Boland and Byrne fault. they haven't Help it, Sitting on the recover plan for 18 months is just one example. Appoint into key position Coaches with no experience.
So yeah in this case the buck stops at Byrne, Boland and the county board for many reasons. The underage system that produce players, The appointment as managers, The consent re-building of our senior squad while never getting anywhere.
This is all thing that the county board are meant to look after and if you don't believe that, may i suggest that you wander back into the bunker and see if Eva Braun still want to talk hurling with you.
1 Are the present management experienced enough at this level?
2 Is the coaching and support structure of senior team up to scratch?
3 Do they know the club scene and who the best players in the county are?
4 Have they the ability to get everyone on board with them?
5 Are the players treated properly by county board?
These are questions for both county board and management to answer. If the answer is not a resounding YES to ALL of the above then, we are coming up short before we ever go near a field.
Some more questions for county board regarding player development - bare in mind that current players are direct product of the system the county board put in place!
1 Are the development squads properly resourced with well respected knowledgeable coaches and support structures - S&C, nutrition etc
2 Are these coaches developing our players?
3 Are they able to keep the best players playing?
4 Are the clubs sending in the best players?
5 Are the clubs supported by county board with regard to player development?
6 Is there an overall plan for development?
7 What exactly is it and is it being implemented?
8 Are clubs getting enough games?
9 Is the games programme fit for purpose?
10 Are the schools adequately supported?
Only if there is a resounding YES to all of the above, can we be competitive at minor level let alone U21 level.
As I see it, the reason we are short so many of our better players is because so many lads have been let down on a number of the issues listed above and couldnt be bothered giving their valuable time to an organisation that falls very much short of what it could and should be. The fact is that for many, Its no longer an honour or desirable for a young player to hurl for Offaly. The bar is too low on too many fronts listed and it is a complete systems failure. The players are the product of the system! The county board put the system in place!
So don't tell me the county board are not at fault - partially at least, for today's result. They have more than played their part in my opinion!