Kildare football boss Kieran McGeeney has hit out at critics of his team on local radio following their All-Ireland Qualifier defeat to Tyrone.

McGeeney was speaking to KFM where he branded some analysts as "cowards". He did not specify who he was speaking about, but he did add that they were former players and that it was his policy to ignore such comments.

"You just have to keep going. There are people out there who will tear you apart," explained the Armagh native.

"I played with a few of these boys and these fellas were cowards when they were playing and they are cowards now when they tear these fellas apart.

"You just have to accept that from people – you have good people out there too. They will analyse the game and they will see the sloppiness."

"These fellas were cowards when they were playing and they are cowards now" - Kieran McGeeney

The 41-year old added: "You have to take that sort of thing on the chin.

"That's good analysis of a game. You have to take that and move on. The naysayers and the people who are there for entertainment, you just ignore them and get on with it."

Last weekend's defeat for the Lilywhites marked the end of McGeeney's sixth season in charge.

He was non-committal about his future when asked by RTÉ Sport, only to state that whatever decision is made has to be in the interests of football in Kildare.

Support for the job he has done so far did come from veteran player Johnny Doyle, but it remains to be seen whether the county board will grant McGeeney another extension.