Monday 11 December 2017

Maher: Galway hurlers better off letting their voices be heard

Tipp's Padraic Maher
Tipp's Padraic Maher

It is, Paudie Maher admits, "a bit unusual".

Galway beat his Tipperary team by a point and afterwards, Maher and his team-mates expressed their crippling regret for not having won an All-Ireland SHC title in Eamon O'Shea's three years as their very popular manager.

Galway, meanwhile, lost an All-Ireland final and then mounted a heave against theirs.

"If the players aren't happy, they're not happy and they're probably better off saying it at the start of the year rather than the middle or the end of the league and kicking up ructions that they're not happy about things," Maher points out.

"They might as well get it out of the way now."


A meeting of relevant parties in the Galway dispute was postponed on Monday night but the background noise all points to an exit for Cunningham now.

"I think it's very vital that you have to have the management and the players going the one direction," Maher reckons.

"There's no point in management making plans or anything like that if the players are not going to go about it in the right way.

"You definitely need everybody pulling in the right direction if you have any chance of being successful, definitely," he added.

"We never really have anything like that with management.

"Obviously we had disagreements with Eamon at times as well, certain things that we thought would be worth changing. The way management is now, they're very open to these things.

"With us around Tipperary they were anyway, they listen to certain possibilities about changing stuff, they're willing to listen to them."

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