There I was propped up in the bed this morning doing my normal early doors iPhone reccie of what’s in the papers when I came across this story in the Indo. It was always likely that the new rules would get it in the neck from the manager community sooner rather than later (this is an annual occurrence, after all) so it was interesting to see who was lining up to have the first pop at the 2010 under-the-bonnet tinkering. Oh look, there’s Johnno. And Johnno. And – could it be? – yes it is, good old Johnno again. Now – is there anyone else amongst you who wants to say anything? Come on now, lads, don’t be shy! What about you, Mickey – you’re always good for a quote or two? No, that’s grand then. What about you, Big Joe – cat got your tongue? Jack? Too cute to open your gob, as usual. Conor? Ditto – wouldn’t want to cause another strike or anything, would we? That’s it, then, just the Deputy it is … again.
It is, of course, a bit of a non-story but, after all his recent bleatings about pre-Christmas training, you’d think our man would now want to fly under the radar for a bit. It’s not as if he had anything illuminating to say about the new rules – the point about the ref not being able to see each and every pass was, I thought particularly asinine. Since when did any of us expect that refs would see everything that goes on in a match? Sure, we’d have nothing to give out about if they did.
Enough of this twaddle. That Indo report does, however, contain some proper news which is that Pat Harte is set to miss “the first half” of our league campaign while the perennially crocked Barry Moran is once again crocked, this time with ankle ligament trouble, which will keep him out of action for the first two league matches. As Club Mayo Dublin point out, this means that the cupboard is now looking a bit bare for us in the forwards, what with Dillon and Mort still on their Antipodean road trip, Killer a long-term absentee through injury and now Harte and Moran out of the picture as well.
Apart from the good early form shown by Aidan O’Shea and Mark Ronaldson, our attack hasn’t exactly functioned like a well-oiled machine in our two matches to date and with that quintet all missing for the early part of the league (including two of three home games), we could be struggling – like, really struggling – to keep up with the herd in Division 1 this year. Has anyone seen a few scoring forwards we could draft in? Oh look, here’s one that might fit the bill.