Pat Spillane: Offaly in serious trouble

Updated: Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 15:38 | Comments

Offaly footballers' season again ends in early summer after defeat to Wicklow
Offaly footballers' season again ends in early summer after defeat to Wicklow


RTÉ GAA analyst Pat Spillane says that Offaly’s inter-county teams are in serious trouble and something has to be done to arrest their alarming decline.

The footballers long quest for a championship win goes on after losing to Longford in Leinster and a qualifier defeat to Wicklow on Sunday. They were also relegated to Division 4 of the league without winning a match.

The hurlers, meanwhile, suffered a 26-point loss to Kilkenny in Leinster and had to beat Kerry to avoid dropping down to the third tier of the league.

Former Kerry forward Spillane told RTÉ Sport: “Offaly are in freefall – don’t ask me why, I cannot understand that.

“I know they have a promising minor team at the moment [but] there’s no talent coming through

"Whether that’s because of lack of development or coaching in the county, whether it’s a lack of facilities, which they complain about constantly, that they have to do a lot of training sessions outside of Offaly, I don’t know.

“Offaly GAA is in crisis, both in hurling and football, and it needs immediate remedial action.     

“Offaly, whether in inter-county senior hurling or football, the great days, the glory days of All-Ireland success and of being a powerhouse in the GAA are gone.

“This is [sad]...as you can see the manager of the Offaly team [Emmet McDonnell] resigned after the match." 


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