Former Clare manager Ger Loughnane has ripped his native county labelling them ‘one hit wonders’ and likening them to a boyband.
Writing in his column in the Irish Daily Star the often controversial Loughnane said that players have to up their level of performance.
The former Banner boss wrote:
“There are players that need to be told home truths to – like Colm Galvin and Tony Kelly”
Galvin and Kelly were midfield and centre forward respectively in the 2013 All-Ireland final – where Clare defeated Cork after a replay.
However, the pair, as well as many others, have been at the receiving end of criticism for their performances in recent seasons – and Loughnane has put the blame at a lack of work rate:
“Look at the greats of any sport. Look at Henry Shefflin, look at Lionel Messi – hugely talented but the work they put in is outstanding too.”
The column is sure to generate ill feelings in the Banner county as the former manager goes on to add that the big players on the Clare team have never had responsibility placed upon them.
The overall fear for the All-Ireland winning manager is that the class of 2013 will become one-hit wonders:
“They’re like a boy band who had one big hit and faded away, but keep recycling it to less and less interest.
“Time for a new tune. Time to grow up.”
This critique at a lack of maturity in the Banner panel is one that there is no doubt that the players mentioned will find objectionable.
Clare started the Allianz National Hurling League off with an impressive five-point win over Tipperary but will want to back that up when they travel to Nowlan Park to face a Kilkenny side looking to get off the mark in the league standings.
Check out the latest episode of The 16th Man as we hear from Brian Cody, Cian O’Neill and a host of other managers around the country as the Allianz National Leagues got underway: