Kerry’s injury list was at its worst following the 2015 season. Cian O’Neill was just finishing up with Kerry at that stage. You’ve consistently praised O’Neill’s methods. So, how does that injury list after the 2015 championship square up with those methods? I know you’ll put all the blame on Fitzmaurice but it’s obvious you have an agenda against him where he can do no right.
Remember, Paul Galvin wrote a column in 2016 that he believed Kerry’s preparation methods had improved in 2016 from what they were in 2015. What was the difference?
O’Donoghue didn’t start the Mayo replay this year.
That was a big mistake on Fitzmaurice’s part. It was also a mistake which you presumably would have agreed with, and it considerably lessened their chances of winning, given that he was easily Kerry’s biggest threat when he came on in the second half.
The examples I gave are ones of players with chronic injuries which are clearly hampering their performances, playing through the pain barrier. So, for O’Donoghue, read Flynn or O’Connor.
But that’s what players at the top level do. They play to win and they are more than willing to play through injury to do that.
And they were continually picked by those managers.