Our county is divided in two; hurling and football. Comparisons with Monaghan are wide of the mark because they pay lip service to hurling.
Laois has a greater population than Monaghan, by about 20% or so. We have the numbers to be doing better, that is the only reason I mention them, they are what we should aim for. Once upon a time we were what others aimed for, but its time to forget those days, as they are so far gone, its almost like it never happened, and no amount of old youtube videos will bring it back.
That we aren't doing better is down to the CB. The bigger towns are also culpable of course, the returns we are getting from them all are almost embarrassing. I couldnt give two f**ks for Jim McGuinness, much like Ger Loughnane, he could be shit in another county for all we know, and besides, he's not coming, not a f**king hope is he coming. We need to mobilise ourselves. we need passionate men, who know how to achieve results. Wooly has said it ad nauseum that the people in charge of CB's arent qualified for the job outside the bigger counties and he's right. I've criticised Croke Park in the past for not providing more funding, but what would be the point at the moment you'd wonder. It'd simply be throwing good money after bad.
People can take cuts off Creedon all they like, but the truth is, there was no obvious candidate in Laois, up to the job. I have no idea if Creedon is, but he's in the job now. We'd be better off figuring out why we're not getting managers coming through, why the people being mentioned here aren't in Development squads, and what happened the likes of Rooney and Conroy who seemed to be making decent strides.
And finally, people not going to matches? Well, thats a question as old as time, which came first, the chicken or the egg? Give them the team to follow, and they'll follow it. Its tough on the players, but they have a role to play in this too. There's a lot of distractions nowadays, and you need to build the bandwagon, horrible and all a words as that is. If the product is shit, the public won't buy it. Its a sad truth of modern society. But give them something to root for, and you'll see, they'll return.
Relegation through 3 divisions, losses to Antrim, Clare, Tipperary, etc in recent years, that won't float any bandwagon. Sad, but true.