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Armagh boss Paul Grimley takes blame for 'humiliating' loss to Tyrone

Updated: Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 12:30 | Comments

Tyrone showed no mercy as they dispatched Armagh in Healy Park
Tyrone showed no mercy as they dispatched Armagh in Healy Park

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Armagh manager Paul Grimley says he takes full responsibility for their “humiliating” defeat to Tyrone in the Dr McKenna Cup.

The Orchard County suffered a 24-point reversal in Omagh last night and Grimley, who took over the job in July 2012, was honest in his appraisal when he spoke to RTÉ Sport.

He said: “It was a disappointing and humiliating defeat, it’s a cruel place to be on a sideline, watching your players suffer like that.

"As the leader of the pack I have to take up the full responsibility for that and I’ve no problem doing that because I believe in these fellows. 

"The responsibility would be on me to pick up the pieces here, build the lads back up again and get them ready for the National League.  

“First thing we’ll do is have a hard training session, get the group back in the right frame of mind.”

Armagh beat Queen’s University in their opening McKenna Cup game and were narrowly beaten by Donegal last Sunday.

That performance had led the former Kildare and Meath coach to believe they had made progress but he admitted there was serious work to be done before their opening Allianz NFL Division 2 game against Louth on 2 February.

“The thing about it is that we are building,” he said after the 5-16 to 0-07 loss. “I thought we had crossed the line a bit on Sunday [with] the way we played, we’re sort of back now but it’s my job to make sure that we don’t fall away altogether.

“I'm going away here tonight and I can’t take any consolation out of the performance.” 

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