world : Harte 'will still be in charge of Derry next year'

world : Harte 'will still be in charge of Derry next year'
world : Harte 'will still be in charge of Derry next year'

Monday 1 July 2024 10:31 PM

Nafeza 2 world - McConville is unsure whether the fact that Derry were forced to play three weeks in a row because their third-place group finish in the round-robin series saw them involved in the preliminary quarter-finals played a part in their demise.

"If you wanted to make excuses you could say, ‘three weeks in a row, too much, there was tiredness'. Whether that was a factor I don’t know. There’s no real spark. They got nothing off the bench, too many boys underperformed," reflected the BBC analyst.

“Kerry did enough to get over the line. Derry never kicked on and there was a feel of a real lack of energy. They went out with a bit of a whimper.

“I think since that league final they haven’t got to the pitch of it since.

“When you watched the league final you’re thinking, ‘that’s your All-Ireland champions in waiting’ if they can keep it together. They failed to keep it together for whatever reason. They have regressed in the last two to three months, big time.

“The defeats obviously knock your confidence no matter who you are. If you have players who are underperforming it makes life more difficult for the rest of the guys on the pitch."

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