Down haven't won a competitve game since 2015

Anthony Moyles was on Off the Ball discussing their poor run

BY Newstalk 22:05 Monday 13 February 2017, 22:05 13 Feb 2017

Down's Barry O’Hagan. Image: ©INPHO/Presseye/Andrew Paton

Anthony Moyles joined Joe Molloy on Off the Ball tonight and briefly discussed the situation in Down.

Down haven't won a competitive game of football in almost two years with their last win coming in April 2015 in round seven of Division Two.

Commenting on this run , Moyles said: Well I think there's a few things going on there. I think there's "A" maybe the disconnect between what players want and what players see in a manager or maybe even players looking at themselves as a group and finding that ok it might be easier to throw the dummies out of the pram or it might be easier to make move behind the scenes against managers. So there's that.

"In a situation like McCorry (former Down football manager) you might have a situation where the players wanted him to stay, I believe, and very much so but the county board ended up with a 22-20 vote for him but obviously he felt after discussions with the county board well you know 'I'm after bringing this team up to Division 1', I think he had won three senior championships out of four with Kilcoo so this fella had eyes on this prize for a long time.

"He was gearing up to be the Down manager for a considerable amount of time," he added.

McCorry quit after one year in charge of Down and the county have struggled since.  

Down's Conor Maginn with James McGivney and Darren Gallagher of Longford
Image: ©INPHO/Presseye/Andrew Paton

At the time the County Board released the following statement: "Members of the Down Executive Committee had met with Jim on Monday to reassure him that he had 100% support from both the Committee and the clubs in Down, and that Down GAA would not be found wanting in their support for Jim and the senior squad in 2016 and beyond."

"The Down board would like to place on record our thanks to Jim and his backroom team for their efforts and commitment shown to the footballers and their endeavours in taking the county from Division 2 back to Division 1 for next season."

Down lost 11 games out of 11 in 2016 including a 2-24 to 3-16 defeat to Longford which sent them crashing out of the All-Ireland championship. 


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