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Replying To eoinog:  "MC Entee is doing a very good job. The last time we were in Div 3 I don't think we won a game. We have won 9 out of the last 11 games in the league and we are on an upward trajectory. Isn't it great to be in this position and knowing that we have good players to come on board in the next few years. As it stands we are still a very young team. Dean Rock retired recently with a bagful of medals and I heard him say he was 23/24 before he broke into the Dublin team and they weren't the all conquering team at that time. Once we got rid of the Daddy's on the sideline at underage, success arrived. How many titles did we throw away? What I like about MC Entee is that he doesn't give a flying f..K what people think of his style. I don't always agree with it but you can't argue with what he has done as a player or manager. He doesn't get involved with referees, sideline officials or doesn't make sensational headlines. When Towey got his red card, there was no question of an appeal. You take your punishment. Sligo never had as an experienced manager. Someone mentioned 3 players not involved. Rooney got loads of chances and never nailed a spot, Kyle Cawley I don't think is even playing club football. Haven't seen him with Mary's in a few years and Gaughan chose not to commit. This happens all the time. For the Down game we are on a hiding to nothing as no one is expecting anything."
There are a few digs in Eoinog's post towards a few Sligo greats who actually won Connacht. The CB seem to think beating div4 standard teams as some sort of worldly feat over that.

So according to Eoinog McEntee is doing a very good job because he stands like a statue on the sideline, because he didn't appeal a clearcut sending off and because he doesn't care what people think. Embarrassing nonsense and metrics.

Few Sligofans that are outside the circle think McEntee is doing a good job. The team yesterday looked disorganised, poorly set up and poorly conditioned and off the pace in key areas. As I said low defensive energy and low defensive IQ exposed badly against above average teams.

With all the new posters the CB will be thinking there is some sort of agenda at play which is nonsense. They do read on here.

All that being said I can't see the CB keeping McEntee on. Too much pressure and with better candidates in house.

Sligonian (Sligo) - Posts: 1629 - 04/03/2024 22:23:30    2529852

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Replying To Sligonian:  "There are a few digs in Eoinog's post towards a few Sligo greats who actually won Connacht. The CB seem to think beating div4 standard teams as some sort of worldly feat over that.

So according to Eoinog McEntee is doing a very good job because he stands like a statue on the sideline, because he didn't appeal a clearcut sending off and because he doesn't care what people think. Embarrassing nonsense and metrics.

Few Sligofans that are outside the circle think McEntee is doing a good job. The team yesterday looked disorganised, poorly set up and poorly conditioned and off the pace in key areas. As I said low defensive energy and low defensive IQ exposed badly against above average teams.

With all the new posters the CB will be thinking there is some sort of agenda at play which is nonsense. They do read on here.

All that being said I can't see the CB keeping McEntee on. Too much pressure and with better candidates in house."
Whether or not you like mcentee , to suggest mcentee hasnt done a good job is daft
This team went the guts of 2 years without winning a game not long ago in division 3/4 and now we are competitive in division 3 with the bones of the same team
Is he fond of playing the same players who should be gone? Yes but that does not mean he hasnt left sligo in a better place when he does leave

I would argue mcentee is not the issue you should probably look deeper into the set up of the constants from the 2019-2020 set ups

Hj-89 (Sligo) - Posts: 6 - 05/03/2024 09:39:16    2529889

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It kinda shows how low our expectations are when we applaud a manager who as got us to div 3 beating teams so far not much above div 4 standard. Anyone higher like Down or our neighbours we are miles behind. We have young players who know how to deliver against the usual contenders, give them a chance. I don't accept this thing that it takes years to reach the levels required, if this is the case why are so many of the current team not dominating the club scene, Kearney was MOTM in last years final, Doherty probably made the difference for coolera, Donlan stand out for DRP, thats without talking about what Tourlestrane have done in recent years without players that need all theses years of S&C to develop.

MrUnderhill (Sligo) - Posts: 50 - 05/03/2024 16:38:15    2529959

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We are so far behind div 2 and 1 teams that it makes sense to blood the frig out of young U20 talent. I remember back in the Paddy Carroll days we had a serious young squad that developed in to the 2001/2002 team. McEntee is not the man to mould these young players. I'd go with Henry next year and start the best of our young players with those senior players who are able to take some competition...no hiding place for anyone.

SligoScot (Sligo) - Posts: 18 - 05/03/2024 17:00:34    2529964

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Replying To Hj-89:  "Whether or not you like mcentee , to suggest mcentee hasnt done a good job is daft
This team went the guts of 2 years without winning a game not long ago in division 3/4 and now we are competitive in division 3 with the bones of the same team
Is he fond of playing the same players who should be gone? Yes but that does not mean he hasnt left sligo in a better place when he does leave

I would argue mcentee is not the issue you should probably look deeper into the set up of the constants from the 2019-2020 set ups"
Good post. We are on the same wavelength. I have said umpteen times that i never spoke or met MC Entee and my posts are based on the progress that we have made. It's slightly ironic that everyone is in agreement that we are not fit for Div 2 and with 3 rounds left we had secured our place in Div 3 for next year. Yet certain posters are coming on here with little knowledge of Sligo football with unjust criticism of the manager. Some poster refer to players that should be on the panel even though they are not playing club football and another mentions a stand out player from last year's championship,, however that player is still U.20 and to include him in seniors would be a travesty.
Our next target should be to win the Tailteann Cup. It won't be won this year. I firmly believe that in 3 years time we should be in Div 2. I also think that MC Entee will leave this summer, leaving Sligo in a much better place than he got us. There will be a lot of pressure on the next manager to continue the progress. If you take a quick look at other counties on this page you will find that most of the keyboard warriors want their manager gone also.

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1644 - 05/03/2024 17:13:00    2529968

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Replying To eoinog:  "Good post. We are on the same wavelength. I have said umpteen times that i never spoke or met MC Entee and my posts are based on the progress that we have made. It's slightly ironic that everyone is in agreement that we are not fit for Div 2 and with 3 rounds left we had secured our place in Div 3 for next year. Yet certain posters are coming on here with little knowledge of Sligo football with unjust criticism of the manager. Some poster refer to players that should be on the panel even though they are not playing club football and another mentions a stand out player from last year's championship,, however that player is still U.20 and to include him in seniors would be a travesty.
Our next target should be to win the Tailteann Cup. It won't be won this year. I firmly believe that in 3 years time we should be in Div 2. I also think that MC Entee will leave this summer, leaving Sligo in a much better place than he got us. There will be a lot of pressure on the next manager to continue the progress. If you take a quick look at other counties on this page you will find that most of the keyboard warriors want their manager gone also."
It wouldn't been difficult to improve our standing after the shambles of the previous regime

Anto (Sligo) - Posts: 345 - 06/03/2024 13:48:54    2530076

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Replying To Anto:  "It wouldn't been difficult to improve our standing after the shambles of the previous regime"
Exactly!

onthefortyfive (Sligo) - Posts: 26 - 06/03/2024 14:25:48    2530081

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Talking of improvements, In the last Club Sligo notes it says, when Sean Boyle first joined Sligo GAA, not many senior players were doing gym work. That was 2018. Whilst that is a disgrace in itself and players this relates to, should be ashamed giving up that sort of advantage, huge numbers across the board are doing gym work now. I am informed over 100 players at u20 are in the s&c system alone. That improvement is unrelated to McEntee. The quality of underage has improved dramatically and basic skill level. Again unrelated to McEntee. There are loads of improvements within Sligo GAA unrelated to senior management.

Has our basic skill level improved at senior, has our defensive shape improved, has he improved the pace of the team, has our turnover ratio improved, unforced error count etc... it should weighted against quality of opposition.

One big area that McEntee ignores too, is mental performance. This gives opposition a huge advantage.

All those metrics would improve dramatically under a McGowan, Henry, Mitchell and Caroline Currid set up.

Sligonian (Sligo) - Posts: 1629 - 06/03/2024 18:43:59    2530119

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Great t see the clubs unite against the farcical CCC proposals of starting championship in early August, then revert back to the league for the last 2 rounds before restarting the championship. The 3 points for a win also got the bullet. Co board meetings are a rarity

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1644 - 10/03/2024 07:44:01    2530550

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2 games left in the league, promotion chances are all but over, let's hope we see a more experimental team this weekend

muscles (Sligo) - Posts: 436 - 12/03/2024 09:30:55    2530844

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If any game confirmed our standard is at most Division 3 then today was it. I was sure after a blistering start to the second half that we would go on to win the game by 3/4 points. Instead we scuffed chances, allowed Offaly to creat cutting attacks despite having nearly every player back committing to the defence. Carrabine and Mullen stood out for me in a game that wouldn't have excited too many neutrals

Sligoman1234 (Sligo) - Posts: 355 - 16/03/2024 17:22:52    2531427

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McEntee training plan this week:
Practice picking the ball up
Practice 10m hand pass
Practice 20m kick pass

MrUnderhill (Sligo) - Posts: 50 - 16/03/2024 20:48:03    2531521

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It was disappointing not to have won. When the crunch came Offaly were fighting for survival in this Division whereas we were safe. I also thought the substitutions that were introduced were baffling. Conditions were very poor which led to a huge amount of mistakes and sloppiness in general. As was pointed out earlier, we are a Div 3 team.

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1644 - 16/03/2024 22:38:17    2531562

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So with the last game of the league essentially a dead rubber, div 3 status confirmed for 2025, how do we see the rest of the year panning out? What would success look a like? Avoid a trimming from Galway provided we get by Leitrim and try and go on a TC run. Will we get to see the diegnan brothers, the 2 Walshes, Keaney or Marren at some point? Can we get promotion next year, perhaps yes with a bit of luck.

Sligowizard (Sligo) - Posts: 15 - 18/03/2024 15:41:41    2531933

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Replying To Sligowizard:  "So with the last game of the league essentially a dead rubber, div 3 status confirmed for 2025, how do we see the rest of the year panning out? What would success look a like? Avoid a trimming from Galway provided we get by Leitrim and try and go on a TC run. Will we get to see the diegnan brothers, the 2 Walshes, Keaney or Marren at some point? Can we get promotion next year, perhaps yes with a bit of luck."
I think Division 3 will be tougher next year with Kildare coming down and probably Fermanagh. Also what's coming up from Division 4 will put in a better show than Limerick and Wicklow did so even tougher to survive next year.

Sligoman1234 (Sligo) - Posts: 355 - 18/03/2024 18:07:54    2531969

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Replying To Sligowizard:  "So with the last game of the league essentially a dead rubber, div 3 status confirmed for 2025, how do we see the rest of the year panning out? What would success look a like? Avoid a trimming from Galway provided we get by Leitrim and try and go on a TC run. Will we get to see the diegnan brothers, the 2 Walshes, Keaney or Marren at some point? Can we get promotion next year, perhaps yes with a bit of luck."
Next Sunday is definitely not a dead rubber. We have nothing to play for but Westmeath certainly have a lot at stake. If they win they are promoted and I expect a big following from the Midlands for the game. They will bring a lot of intensity to the game and I hope we respond. When the 7 rounds of the league are played you can assume that any player that didn't see game time are not in the plans of the management unless there are a lot of injuries. I didn't think there were 2 Deignans on the panel. At the moment Spillane,Towey and Lavin are out injured. The league fixtures this year were a dream, 4 games at home and the easier games came first. We won't get to Div 2 for a few years. The standard of club football is poor, and I can't remember the last time our senior/intermediate winners had a win in the Connacht Club competition. We need to raise the standard significantly before we have any hope of getting to Div 2. I wouldn't dream of thinking about the Galway game. We scraped past Leitrim on the last 2 occasions that we met and in one of those games they had a perfectly good goal disallowed in extra time. They are still in the hunt for promotion and if they secure that then they will be buzzing when we come to visit. At best it will be 50/50. The minimum I would expect is a semi final of the T.C . We won't win it. We are short a few 6'4 players for around the middle. I have no idea where we will get them. Keaney obviously isn't in the plans and I don't see any other big MOBILE lads in any club. Before you all start sending me a list of big lads remember they need to be mobile )))

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1644 - 18/03/2024 21:19:12    2532009

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Replying To eoinog:  "Next Sunday is definitely not a dead rubber. We have nothing to play for but Westmeath certainly have a lot at stake. If they win they are promoted and I expect a big following from the Midlands for the game. They will bring a lot of intensity to the game and I hope we respond. When the 7 rounds of the league are played you can assume that any player that didn't see game time are not in the plans of the management unless there are a lot of injuries. I didn't think there were 2 Deignans on the panel. At the moment Spillane,Towey and Lavin are out injured. The league fixtures this year were a dream, 4 games at home and the easier games came first. We won't get to Div 2 for a few years. The standard of club football is poor, and I can't remember the last time our senior/intermediate winners had a win in the Connacht Club competition. We need to raise the standard significantly before we have any hope of getting to Div 2. I wouldn't dream of thinking about the Galway game. We scraped past Leitrim on the last 2 occasions that we met and in one of those games they had a perfectly good goal disallowed in extra time. They are still in the hunt for promotion and if they secure that then they will be buzzing when we come to visit. At best it will be 50/50. The minimum I would expect is a semi final of the T.C . We won't win it. We are short a few 6'4 players for around the middle. I have no idea where we will get them. Keaney obviously isn't in the plans and I don't see any other big MOBILE lads in any club. Before you all start sending me a list of big lads remember they need to be mobile )))"
I like the fact you are not taking Leitrim for granted.

You are ahead of us at the moment and Keith Beirne is a big loss.

We are catching up though

joeman123 (Leitrim) - Posts: 463 - 18/03/2024 22:04:31    2532014

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I see the Sligo Vs Leitrim is fixed for Hyde park on sun 7th April. How comes it's not in Carrick on Shannon as Leitrim have home advantage.

SuperSligo (Sligo) - Posts: 51 - 19/03/2024 06:25:32    2532043

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Replying To SuperSligo:  "I see the Sligo Vs Leitrim is fixed for Hyde park on sun 7th April. How comes it's not in Carrick on Shannon as Leitrim have home advantage."
Pairs Sean is getting a long overdue new surface so they must be starting that work soon. They could have agreed to swap turns for home advantage though.

Sligoman1234 (Sligo) - Posts: 355 - 19/03/2024 07:51:25    2532047

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Replying To Sligoman1234:  "Pairs Sean is getting a long overdue new surface so they must be starting that work soon. They could have agreed to swap turns for home advantage though."
Strange they wouldn't do the pitch before championship starts. But early start I suppose. Should be another tight game. Hopefully div 3 will stand to Sligo. Hopefully few of the younger players get a run out against Westmeath to see what they can do.

SuperSligo (Sligo) - Posts: 51 - 19/03/2024 20:17:51    2532235

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