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Sligo 2019 - 3 Like(s)
Taylor Resign please, your not the source of our issues but you are a symptom of the choices of an incompetent county board. Given the results which show to me a lack of learning or progress, conceding 3-17 today to Offaly, not a div2 side, a side that's struggled to stay in div 3 is unacceptable. The worst year in a long time if ever for our Seniors. We are in danger of throwing away all the good work at underage if Taylor stays.

Sligonian (Sligo) - 23/06/2019 15:50:51

Sligo 2019 - 2 Like(s)
Where do you start with this 2019. So far it's been the disaster we feared. Does anyone see any sign of us learning? Is anyone surprised? When Taylor was selected as Manager I feel our fate was sealed. I do rate Joe Keane and he will do his best to have our players believing on Sunday but will they. Can you trust this group to believe they can do anything? I don't believe they do and you will see it early on in our expression on the field. I heard Taylor is the king of mixed messages and listening to his ocean fm its clear to see why. He contradicts himself a lot and talks a lot of waffle. He said morale is great in the camp and a minute later well sure of course losing creates low morale. He will be telling the players Galway isn't that great after watching London but does he really believe the same Galway will turn up against us. Galway didn't show their hand against London, they'll try to hold a little bit back against us too but ever since 2015 Connacht final where mayo showed our naivety and lack of pace in defending, time and again teams have got 4/5 goals against us. Louth this year, Offaly missed 4 or 5 goal chances, are we learning? Sligo defenders don't track the runs from deep, through laziness or lack of pace, lack of defensive skills, overrunning the runners, diving in etc... expect to see more of this on Sunday. Any chance we stand the runners up and use our bodies to slow them down then choke with 2 or 3 defenders coming in. At the weekend I watched the u21 Connacht final, the 2 Connacht minor finals and Derry qtr final from 2015 and 2017 and it's shocking how little has filtered through. Kyle Cawley is a huge loss. If Taylor wasn't manager would he play, the county board messed up too. Tommy Breheny said a 6pt loss would be a success, at home in Markievicz, I agree with him sadly. That's the level of belief in this setup and team. Austin O Callaghan who has massively improved the sports coverage said a lot of fans have a go at him for giving Taylor such an easy ride, free pass, no critical analysis, he put that to Breheny, and Breheny said he got a lot more hassle when he was winning, than Taylor losing. He did say he was entitled to time and its a big step up from managing nothing but CB ensured to dampen any criticism of their poor decisions. I can imagine Keane has torn his hair out comparing this to Mayo getting to All Ireland finals. Taylor is a popular guy, maybe but he is not a good manager. The county deserves better, the players deserve better, and the fans deserve better. There's not much pride in Sligo at the minute. There's a reason our best players are leaving and not committing. With the game in Markievicz, it will be interesting to see what kind of performance we get. If we haven't learned a defensive strategy yet that allows so many easy goal chances we are in trouble. Will pride be restored in the jersey. Taylor will tell the players there's no pressure on them, well actually there is, your in Markievicz and there will be no hiding place from the locals and Galway still have the potential without conroy and comer to massacre us. I just want us to give a massive performance, show courage, show we are learning how to slow teams down and defend properly. If I see the Galway players prancing through the middle of our defence without a finger being laid on them I will be disappointed. For what it is worth best of luck. Sport has a habit of surprising us, this will be a huge one if we do it. Anything is possible. Sligeach abu.

Sligonian (Sligo) - 14/05/2019 06:35:16

Sligo 2019 - 2 Like(s)
Don't post the result lads, ye might offend Eoinog, the players, management and county board. And when you read my post from before the game ask yourself this how in the hell does someone 6000 miles away know more about player positions and our weaknesses than current management. Louth had us figured out halfway through the first half (not hard), we were 6-3 up then at HT we were 3-8 to 0-8 down, they brought on Duffy, they scored a goal straight from sideline in 2nd half, how is that even possible, just shambolic. For CB now is Taylor viable for now never mind 2020. Our CB managerial selections have been a disaster. This is Leonard's first test as chairman. They should apologise to every fan who made that journey today I know I would.

Sligonian (Sligo) - 24/02/2019 16:47:53

NFL 2018 Division 3 - 1 Like(s)
Wow that was nerve wracking, what a win, what character 4pts down mid way through the 2nd half offaly winning well, that goal from McDonnell the captain turns the tide Well done the Players, massive massive win for Sligo GAA

Sligonian (Sligo) - 25/03/2018 16:47:56

The positive Sligo GAA thread - 1 Like(s)
Sligo Centre of Excellence now complete, well done all involved, great achievement. Also good to hear Markievicz Park is now debt free, wouldn't it be great to someday look at upping capacity to holding a Home Senior Connacht Final. Feel our record in Senior finals would change for the better if we were at home.

Sligonian (Sligo) - 20/12/2017 16:58:12

Meath in the Qualifiers - 1 Like(s)
Good luck Sligo, thought our fans against Antrim were fantastic when the team really needed it, bring the Sligo roar

Sligonian (Sligo) - 30/06/2017 18:26:34

Sligo 2019 - 1 Like(s)
Taylor ratified unanimously by the idiots on the county committee. We are not a successful county because clowns get into these positions of power who have no clue what winning is nor do they even seek it. Just be a yes men and stay in power. This is why good GAA men leave or don't get involved. Players walked too. If Taylor had any self respect or cared about Sligo GAA he would have resigned. What other man wouldn't with his record and level of performance? Being Sligo manager does help his political persona and gives him more exposure. He needs media training too, if I hear him saying players losing by 15 pts are gaining great experience again or that the players morale is great and then in the same sentence well having these tough defeats has lowered morale, or that he would like to be up there with the big teams ETC... Well we are 11pts off Offaly who are poor. That's how low you've taken us and whilst its not all Taylor's fault re-appointing him ensures Division 4 for the foreseeable future and it makes us very vunerable to losses to Leitrim, London and New York. We wont progress under Taylor but looks like new members of CB are as useless as the last. He has little to no experience of developing younger players. With a better manager, here's my take if I was County Chairman, get local Businessmen to invest in Sligo GAA like other counties do, get them to fund the set up and a big name manager all of our big name players would commit. There is money in Sligo to be invested if you look hard enough. It would be hard for any self respecting Manager to work with our County board I know but money talks. Other counties see this decision as a laughing stock. To allow Taylor with little previous experience to learn on the job is disrespectful to the players and fans. Mark my words some of the players from this year will be thinking this but love playing too much to walk away. Its a mess and results and performances will follow suit.

Sligonian (Sligo) - 07/08/2019 20:06:24

The positive Sligo GAA thread - 1 Like(s)
Congrats enniscrone secondary school winning the Connacht juvenile D final, great for all the clubs out west

Sligonian (Sligo) - 26/04/2018 19:41:32

The positive Sligo GAA thread - 1 Like(s)
Great credit to the Sligo County Board on the Development squad pathway proposal to provide educational support to our young players doing junior cert exams providing a free maths revision programme with qualified Maths teacher over the next 6 saturdays in scarden, well done all involved in this great initiative.

Sligonian (Sligo) - 13/03/2018 05:40:59

NFL 2018 Division 3 - 1 Like(s)
Sligo Team to Face Armagh_GAA Aidan Devaney , Luke Nichloson Eddie McGuinness, Mikey Gordon Keelan Cawley,Darragh Cummins Gerard O'Kelly Lynch,James Clarke, Patrick O'Connor,Neil Ewing, Finnian Cawley, Sean Carrabine, Stephen Coen, Pat Hughes, Adrian Marren I wouldn't be completely against this selection as many newcomers showed well during FBD and deserve a chance but it does look like a bogey team to me, no Niall Murphy, Kyle Cawley, Kevin McDonnell, Cian Breheny, ross donovan if fit id expect most to start, but I know some are just coming back to fitness and from injury etc.. Then added to that no John Kelly, McIntyre, Liam Gaughan (u20s) Huge losses but looks like Noel Gaughan has committed. Tomorrow is a big test, hopefully we get a big performance. Best of luck. "Talent sets the floor, character sets the ceiling"

Sligonian (Sligo) - 27/01/2018 19:14:39

The positive Sligo GAA thread - 1 Like(s)
Congrats to St Attracta's on a great win in the Connacht A league final 2-8 to 1-7, just astounding the results their achieving, credit to everyone involved and good luck in A championship Also well done to Summerhill on winning the Juvenile A league beating Jarlaths 0-14 to 2-2 Congrats to Easkey and Balymote on their D qtr final wins too. Can only be a good thing to boost our confidence beating mayo, galway and Roscommon teams consistently.

Sligonian (Sligo) - 27/01/2018 19:26:20

Galway V Sligo - Salthill June 3Rd - 1 Like(s)
From what I witnessed today and what I witnessed in Connacht final last year this Galway team are beatable. Walsh is tactically poor, no surprise there, Galway have runners but there headless at times, they find it hard to shoot on the run too, lots of miss-hits, but for they were rudderless at times today. Some of the older players legs are gone, i would target o donnells flank for our attack, put Kyle on him and run into the ground, we need to get Comer away from the goals, Mayo did a great job pushing him deep out the field, Last year Roscommon crowded the middle sector and tore Galway apart on breaks, i would follow that, i don't trust Aidan on short kickouts anyway, we need to do loads of break winning drills over the next few weeks and target Galways weakness there, Roscommon also created and huge amount of space in front of the full back line, that's key for me, suck the wing back tight to the end lines, have 2 forwards high up the field in front of the square, hughes as a target vital here. The Galway fb line looks mediocre to me. Galway wont set up as defensively as they did today, Walsh is arrogant so he wont worry too much about us. I do have a few concerns Galway finished with a stronger team than started so there probably be changes, there younger players are fast but not as physical. We can win it if we get our tactics and match ups right on the day. Will be a good test and learning experience for our lads and we have some decent memories from Salthill a few years ago. No point turning up if you think your going to lose, its wasting the fans and your own time. Going into a game with fear ensures your decision making on the field will be tentative, passive and reactive. Go in believing in yourself and your decision making will be aggressive, proactive and with purpose. Simple choice really.

Sligonian (Sligo) - 13/05/2018 18:26:35

Club Championships 2018 - 1 Like(s)
Congrats Easkey, best of luck in Connacht final

Sligonian (Sligo) - 10/11/2018 18:19:16

The positive Sligo GAA thread - 1 Like(s)
A Sligo team performed to it's potential in a Connacht Final, Summerhill Juveniles beat St Jarlaths 2-16 to 1-8 in A final, well done all involved, it will be interesting to see how this group do when senior

Sligonian (Sligo) - 19/04/2018 15:19:16

Sligo 2019 - 1 Like(s)
Coaches were in national schools in the 90s lol. Massive insights on here. IT Sligo sports recreation and leisure course coaches do a few weeks a year in the national schools every year. Thats been happening for 15 years at least. Sligo GAA Coaches regularly visit the national schools a couple of times a year aswell. Club coaches too, usually the club coaching officer. But here is the thing, our underage success at club level for me is mainly down to having a GAA fanatic headmaster in Grange National School, Grange NS went from not really competing in cumann na mbuscala to now winning it most years 8+. That filtered into the club for sure , i would say that is one of the major reasons we won quite a lot at underage last few years more so even than club coaching. Most of the parents coaching in the club don't really know much about football but fair play for volunteering. I would say 10% of the coaches are very good and to add into it we got lucky to have a great one, manager of the minors last year. National School coaching can trump Club coaching because you have more time with the kids but practising at home trumps it all. Most of our best players are self made in a lot of ways. I've seen this first hand, players from my club on the fringes of the u16 Sligo county team squad, spent their summers practising down at the field, 3 years later both starting for the minors and then u21s. Massively improved every aspect of their game. Keeping good GAA people in the County and having the GAA fanatics who know what there doing interested is one the most important aspects. We have a very small amount of GAA families in Sligo compared to other counties. If your born into one, your practicising GAA from birth and that will always beat the 2x1hr training sessions you have a week and can override bad coaching. As Eamonn O Hara said the basis for his great goal in the Connacht final in 07 was born in his back garden with his Dad. The apathy in Sligo GAA at the minute is our worst nightmare, our best players are filtering away. We are messing up all the good work at underage last few years through politics and lack of foresight. How are we viewing player development from underage to senior. Our physicality is behind other counties and this continues. How can we keep our best people engaged and involved across all aspects. Good GAA people are bored with our County Board making same mistakes year on year. We need some passion, inspiration and vision.

Sligonian (Sligo) - 23/05/2019 16:57:35

The positive Sligo GAA thread - 1 Like(s)
Great win for the Hurlers 4-14 to 2-19 in the lory Meagher away to Lancashire, there's a great video of Keith Raymond by Atlantic Light Productions just released, worth a watch

Sligonian (Sligo) - 20/05/2018 02:15:12

Sligo 2019 - 1 Like(s)
The issue I have with Taylor is can he improve and develop these young players, so far the answer is no. Alot of people making excuses for him. One thing is for sure the CB won't do anything. Taylor is not experienced, I'm sure he's doing his best and working hard but I don't hear great things about his management competency. Take away the disastrous results and performances has he the managerial skills to push these young players on. They are getting experience and exposure but are they improving, are learning the right lessons. Its a negative showing so far on the field which could create negative beliefs. Offaly are no world beaters, even with a young team we should be capable of beating them. For some a performance will do, for others none of it matters. I don't believe beating Offaly is unrealistic. Alot is riding on this match in terms of Taylors future with the Seniors. Best of luck.

Sligonian (Sligo) - 22/06/2019 07:39:41

Sligo 2019 - 1 Like(s)
And just 1 thing I forgot to add, Taylor talks about this being a learning curve and players gaining vital experience like its a positive and good thing. Experiencing losing consistently does not feed into a healthy belief System and needs to be reversed asap or else becomes habitual, bad habits. Conceding 4/5 goals is not positive. Experience without showing signs of improvement or learning is pointless. If you see our defenders passive and not following the runners whats the point. If we are not learning from our mistakes and if we aren't learning from defeats again it is pointless. We had the wake up call in 2015 on our defending, its 2019 now, what improvement has anyone seen us do to stop conceding goals? Win or Learn. I'm ok for us to lose on Sunday as long as there are serious signs of growth and learning. As a side note, Charlie Harrison was on Ocean Fm a few months and he talked of his preparation for Championship matches, that when in the parade looking across he knew the huge amount of work he put in and that no one on the opposition had worked harder and a confidence was gained from that. Is every Sligo Player on Sunday in the best shape and fitness they could be like Charlie always was. That would be a minimum for anyone going into the game injuries aside.

Sligonian (Sligo) - 14/05/2019 22:13:43

Sligo 2019 - 1 Like(s)
No one is saying Taylor is the main reason we are in the position we are in. I hold the County Board far more accountable. No one is saying they overlooked any players tbf but some of our best players aren't committing to senior set up. What has the junior side anything to do with Paul Taylor. You make a lot of irrelevant points shakehands, like Eoinogs about Galway, just irrelevant. Explain to me how Taylor is a good manager beyond time and effort? Have you seen the results, the manner of the defeats?

Sligonian (Sligo) - 16/05/2019 17:54:40

Sligo 2020 - 1 Like(s)
There are few ways of looking at next year, I can only see us improving a lot. Look if we first look back last year was very poor and I think Taylor and his backroom was too light. I wish he would have copped that in advance but at least its learned now. Nigel Dineen added to the back room team is a major boost, he would have been in the running for Ros senior job and managed Ros u21s to Connacht titles losing the 2 AI finals to Dublin. Keeping Joe Keane another massive boost. The latter gives me a lot of hope because Joe having worked with Mayo at their peak coming back says he sees something in us to continue. Mcpartland managing coolera to a county final is no mean feat imo but was always a player Id admired so im glad he is continuing. With Cian Brehony, Kyle Cawley coming back to the set up with hopefully Banks committing from coolera they are 3 major additions on last year imo. Now I have heard the u20s maybe not allowed play with Seniors at all which is non sensical. In the past I have said u20s shouldn't be allowed play championship with seniors so they are cup tied with u20s but theres talk of not allowing them play in the league. They should be allowed to play FBD and NFL. Then if Red Og stars he needs to be allowed play senior. If and its a big if we think we can win Connacht at u20 maybe don't play him against Galway for the seniors. But we don't know the draw or dates yet so that could be planned in advance later in the year. All u20s should be available for seniors in the leagues as a minimum. Id be confident enough of getting out of Div 4 at first take especially with those 4 additions. However the Connacht draw is not ideal giving we are away and that Joyce appointment will give them a kick. I would never criticize any Sligofan for being negative or being completely realistic giving the level of investment or whats been on show the last few years. I think support while unconditional with die hards the CB more so and players less so need to be held to account and fans have turned away. In fairness it looks with S&C coach Sean Boyle full time, Joe Keane being kept and Nigel Dineen coming on board that the CB are backing Taylor so there'll be a bit of added pressure on him this year. Fans should see this as a positive and at the start of the season get behind the set up and players. I can only see us being in the mix for promotion. If we don't get promoted, lose heavily to Galway and show no defensive improvements Taylor would have to go. For me he has to get promotion, be very competitive against Galway, I mean we have to be within 4 or 5pts and not look like conceding 5 or 6 goals. A run in the qualifiers too but the draw dictates a lot there. No matter what I can't see a huge Sligo following in pearse stadium but given it's a semi final does give us a step further in qualifiers. Its hard to see us beat Galway although with Dineen on board and Roscommon men certainly know how to beat Galway in Pearse. I was at the Connacht final in Galway a few years back and they destroyed them by 9pts. Suffocated them in the middle third, played down the centre. They beat them by 4 last year there. It will be interesting year and I am more optimistic given the set up and support in place and Player additions compared to last year.

Sligonian (Sligo) - 15/10/2019 21:25:14