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Derry Boss Goes On An Almighty Rant At Media Coverage

Derry Boss Goes On An Almighty Rant At Media Coverage
By Conor O'Leary
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Derry boss Damian Barton isn't a fan of the media. Barton was threatening to quit his role if Derry get to the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

Barton is responding angrily to seeing reports that he and Cavan boss Terry Hyland 'earned a stay of execution' after their victories in the second round of the qualifiers. Barton has done extremely well to turn Derry's season around after a heavy defeat to Tyrone just two months ago, in this his first year in charge.

On the reports that he's earned that 'stay of execution', Barton raged and pointed out why he and Cavan manager Hyland don't deserve this speculation:

I think it’s a disgusting disgrace. You are looking at a manager (Hyland) who brought a team up to Division 1 this year, arguably a very successful year, while I am in my first season and people are talking.


Barton labelled the reports as nonsense, and claimed that the people responsible for the reports don't know anything about football and the pressures of being on the sideline. Barton said that the furore has caused him to question whether he wants to continue in his role:

You know this, if we get over Round 4, I might just quit. Quit whenever you’re ahead!

That would seem to be the sensible thing to do rather than people talking nonsense next year.

They are some strong words. Hopefully it's just the frustration that is causing Barton to threaten to quit and he wouldn't actually do so should Derry get that far.

[Irish Examiner]

See Also: Ger Loughnane Has Taken A Roasting From Former Galway Managers Following Recent Criticism

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