Back at the tail end of 2009, Mick McCarthy was roundly condemned for fielding a scratch Wolverhampton Wanderers side against Manchester United. 3,000 Wolves fans travelled a long way in the middle of the week with little change out of a hundred notes to see a reserve team whipped by the Mancs. McCarthy defended his selection on the basis of needing to protect his better players from the possibility of picking up an injury in a game they were likely to lose anyway.
However, Come on the Déise is excited to able to exclusively reveal the real reason behind his reticence. Mick is a son of Tallow and he was channeling the spirit that saw Waterford take to the field in Ballyduff Upper yesterday with a less-than-summer-strength lineup. We don’t need no steenking full strength teams when we’re more than five hundred metres west of the Colligan, right?
Okay, that really is the lamest link ever. Still, you have to wonder what we are meant to read into yesterday’s win over Cork IT in the poignantly titled Waterford Crystal Cup, giveitfong’s typically thorough match report notwithstanding. The chances of Tony Browne, Ken McGrath, Eoin Murphy, Seamus Prendergast and John Mullane not being first choice selections come the summer should they be available are slim to none – Big Dan won’t be a certainty, but that reflects the status quo. Players occupying their positions until March won’t have much incentive, and even if they are sensational how are the management meant to tell in such low octane contests like against Cork IT? Getting the right answers to these all-too-obvious questions is what separates the management men from the boys. Perhaps someone should ask Mick McCarthy.