Meath - Geraghty: Selector or Footballer?

Colm O Rourke on the last League Sunday said that Geraghty needs to chose if he is a footballer or a selector and that he can't be both, what do you think?

Sheenjr (Meath) - Posts:40 - 18/02/2012 21:10:37   1114293

Gerathys defo both

HONLAD96 (Meath) - Posts:30 - 18/02/2012 21:43:12   1114314

Both. End of

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts:8712 - 19/02/2012 09:34:14   1114343

He can do both

seamusmac (Meath) - Posts:379 - 19/02/2012 10:29:17   1114352

The question is can he give 100% committment to both?? I dont think he can...

lifebuoy (Cavan) - Posts:628 - 19/02/2012 11:08:12   1114366

There must not be much talent in Meath if they are picking a 39 year old

KingOfJacks (Kildare) - Posts:359 - 19/02/2012 11:13:35   1114369

County: Kildare
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There must not be much talent in Meath if they are picking a 39 year old

At least he's from our own county. It'd look worse if we had to go poaching players from various different counties.

Jinxie (Meath) - Posts:5922 - 19/02/2012 11:37:05   1114390

Born in meath, maybe 39 but still is better than anything kildare have. Or otherwise your manager would not be looking to cavan for forwards

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts:8712 - 19/02/2012 12:33:12   1114403

Lets be honest we could do with a few

Roofathenet (Meath) - Posts:29 - 19/02/2012 12:44:15   1114405

It would be better if he focused his mind and concentrated all his efforts on one role or the other (100%). If I was in his shoes (and knowing that an IC playing career was nearing completion), I would relish the new role of being a selector with some coaching duties. As a sort of more cerebral (tactical/coaching), rather than physical (playing) challenge. This is his chance to show what he can do in a more managerial staff type role, dealing with players and in reality (not just theory). Surely if and when Banty's time is up in the years to come, others (not GG) will be ahead of him in the pecking order. Younger managers are the way to go, but they have to prove themselves first. This is his chance to show that great players can make very good managers/selectors. Although I would be of the opinion, that a thinking man is more relevant to the role of a modern GAA manager.

GlasagusOr (Meath) - Posts:1152 - 19/02/2012 12:49:14   1114407

He cant do both , what would the other lads think? Sitting on the bench with a lad thats about to pick himself ahead of you, very disheartening

mlc800 (Meath) - Posts:46 - 19/02/2012 16:52:51   1114531

He is clearly both and plays better in 10 - 15 mins than most players in the swuad do. The warm summer days will suit him more than the bogged down pitches at this time of the year

BettystownRoyal (Meath) - Posts:3352 - 19/02/2012 20:54:42   1114668

There is a conflict of interest involved, selectors have to be impartial, its a bad situation for both selector and players and will lead to split before year is out

drona (Meath) - Posts:135 - 20/02/2012 09:21:36   1114731

Not for the first time plenty of lads here with their heads in the sand. If Graham has 15 mins in him then great - of course we'd all like to see him doing the business at HQ in June but there's plenty of highly qualified lads the length and breadth of the county who could slot into a selector's role alongside Banty. The list is endless so why doesn't Banty just let Graham concentrate on training and playing without burdening him with a selector role too.

The_Ripper (Meath) - Posts:138 - 20/02/2012 10:15:45   1114766

Banty hardly had a wide range of high profile locals to choose from as selectors. Those who might be interested in the role, or possibly something bigger in future, aren't going to join the current management team, given what's happened to date. So as not to burn bridges in future. Lets hope this season is a success and take things from there.

GlasagusOr (Meath) - Posts:1152 - 20/02/2012 12:05:43   1114820

Not sure re:Management - he is untried.

Football - in the last 3 NL/SFC outings, GG in his 10minutes cameo :
1. Brought a great save from Westmeath keeper
2. Hit posts v Monaghan
3. Scored v Kildara after one touch (disallowed, but we wont whinge - we were well bet on d day)

RoyalSt.Pat (Meath) - Posts:333 - 20/02/2012 13:59:45   1114931

GlasagusOr, he doesn't need anyone high profile alongside him. The job is to aid with team selection and other such matters - it's not some sort of marketing and PR media circus mission. Harnan and Callaghan might have had a bad experience but that's not to say other proud Meath men wouldn't step in and help the team.

My point is that quality footballers of Graham's calibre are scarce in Meath so yes let him play away but men with good knowledge of the Meath club scene are certainly not scarce. I dont think he can be thinking with a clear objective mind when it comes to giving his opinion on making a change in the forward line so why put him in that position. He's also come out with in my opinion some petty statements re. having one more vote than the rest of the forwards which leads me to conclude that he should be one or the other but definitely not both.

The_Ripper (Meath) - Posts:138 - 20/02/2012 15:09:30   1115007

The Ripper, no point opening a can of worms (the past) or going over an old debate about what motivates Banty (an outsider) to be Meath manager and if he perceives himself, as part of the celebrity semi-pro manager set or not. But if you are to be a selector on the county team, normally you would need to have proven yourself at a high level, hence a higher profile (not a big name just for PR, but for the challenge the role brings). And Banty had to pick local selectors, that were acceptable to the county board, after all that has happened. He obviously wanted ones, who would know the boundaries and not challenge his leadership.

We are in agreement that there are plenty of people out there who would make fine selectors, but I would argue that many of them wouldn't take on the role in the current set up. Loyalty to old colleagues and so on and with an eye to the future.

GlasagusOr (Meath) - Posts:1152 - 20/02/2012 15:47:36   1115034

A good selector is someone who knows the players and is impartial when making decisions, doesn't have to be a "big name" as Ripper says

drona (Meath) - Posts:135 - 20/02/2012 15:51:21   1115038

Just because somebody has a higher profile, doesn't mean they are a big name, ex player PR stunt. Just a well respected and highly regarded individual, with a body of work that suggests they are suited to the role. Rightly or wrongly, they have to be acceptable to the county board, not just the manager.

GlasagusOr (Meath) - Posts:1152 - 20/02/2012 16:01:35   1115044