Will we ever learn I won-der to myself, and while it is possibly not something confined to (small minority) Kildare GAA fans, nevertheless we seem, at times, to dwell on all the wrong things when it comes to football.
Going back a short few years ago as the Kieran McGeeney era came to an abrupt end after six great years, and while acknowledging that some out there genuinely felt it was time for a change, it should not be forgotten that initially, the first move against The Geezer came from one club unhappy that 'their man' was not getting enough game time.
That may be denied but it is an indisputable fact.
And where did that lead us to?
It led us to where we find ourselves at the minute, in tier 3 of the Allianz Football League, just one division above the bottom of the barrel division.
That is how low Kildare's stock has gone primarily because one individual club was unhappy about 'their man' not getting the game time they felt he should have had.
A couple of weeks ago, Cian O'Neill and his management team announced a new panel for the upcoming Allianz Football League, something I can never remember happening before under a plethora of different managers.
But lo and behold social
media suddenly kicks into overdrive.
The Tunnel Vision
Brigade (TVB) are incensed (again) and they duly take to their twitter and face book accounts to vent their anger.
And why?Because their man has not made the final cut. It has nothing to do with Kildare; nothing to do with what is best for the county; nothing to do with hopefully getting out of Division 3 and so on but all about “our man is not included.”
Some of the insane messages that have been posted up are simply incredible.
The manager and his team (selectors) have come in for unfair, unwarranted and completely out of order
In some cases some players who have been included, have been denigrated and scoffed at.
That is not to say that everyone agrees entirely with the 35 man panel just announced, certainly not, but does anyone out there actually believe that Cian O'Neill, Bryan Murphy, Pádraig Brennan and Brian Flanagan would put their perceived club loyalities ahead of what they actually believe is best for the county?
Do these critics have all the facts at their disposal?
Are they aware of the amount of training, gym work, in-house as well as O'Byrne Cup games that have been held, totalling in the region of nine games?
Of course this kind of criticism did not start today or yesterday. Not too long ago the TVB condemned the fact that the two best clubs in the county at the time, had on a few occasions, few if any representatives on the county side, and they duly let rip.
These people had just one criteria: not enough of 'our boys' were on the county team.
Cian O'Neill addressed the issue when responding to a question at a meeting with the local press recently.
“I think if you asked me how many players are included from any club I honestly couldn’t tell you be-cause that never, or wouldn’t, be a concern, certainly something we would never consider.”
It is an awful pity that members of the TVB that have taken to criticising team management and the new panel do not take a similar approach!
Maybe it is time we totally ignored and possibly rename the Tunnel Vision Brigade to what they really are:
Tunnel Vision Gobshites!
- BY TOMMY CALLAGHAN