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Meyler Irked By GAA 'Obsession' With 'Training In The Shit And The Mud'

Meyler Irked By GAA 'Obsession' With 'Training In The Shit And The Mud'
By PJ Browne
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Bar Sunday's defeat to Limerick in the All-Ireland semi-final, John Meyler loved Cork's championship campaign.

The new Munster Hurling Championship round robin format especially added to the Cork manager's enjoyment. No doubt coming out on top in the province also helped.

Like players, Meyler just wants games.

"I think this has been an incredible journey this year with the Munster Championship," Meyler told Off The Ball on Monday evening.

The format has been incredible. I think the GAA has to realise how successful the Munster Championship was this year.

It's condensed, it's tight, yes. It's hard on players. But [if they played] two matches and then a week's break, two matches and then a week's break, two matches [that would be better].

Players want to play matches. This bloody thing of training for four or five months and starting back in October, November, December, January - training in the shit and the mud.


Meyler's son David is an Irish international footballer. He has said previously that he regularly visits his son's clubs in the hope of picking up the odd nugget from training.

The 62-year-old has cited the experience of David as an alternative to GAA methods.

"My son is playing with Reading and he has just six weeks of pre-season - it'll be finished on Friday, they play Derby County. They did six weeks of pre-season training in the sunshine as well. They've played six challenge matches, now he's only played 90 minutes.


"The GAA is obsessed with training and four or five-week breaks instead of playing the matches and that's it."

Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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