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For teams with real aspirations of glory, now is the time to deliver

By Peter Canavan

Published 01/08/2015

Kildare manager Jason Ryan celebrates his team's victory over Cork
Kildare manager Jason Ryan celebrates his team's victory over Cork

It was so disappointing to watch a Cork team perform how they did last weekend. Especially when we witnessed the potential that exists in that team the first day against Kerry which was a great game to watch.

Normally with the Rebels you associate grit and determination and a willingness to fight for one another. Unfortunately it was sadly lacking.

A change of management was inevitable but the question still remains - can the players show the leadership and the fortitude to get back to the top again?

I can't understand how teams in March and April fight so hard. Look at the games that Cork played in the National League against Monaghan and Donegal, and how they beat Tyrone. When they were tearing everything down and giving it all for the jersey in March and April you have to wonder.

The real time to deliver is in summer football.

I have always found Jason Ryan to be an innovative coach and manager. The job that he undertook in Wexford and the way he transformed a group of footballers that were going nowhere to contest an All-Ireland semi-final, playing attractive football, shows the amount of work he had done with them.

The job he took over in Kildare was difficult in following Kieran McGeeney. They were very unlucky to be relegated, but he was not into excuses. He was the same after the hammering they got from Dublin.

I was delighted that the Kildare players are now getting the results that their manager deserves. They are enjoying their football and have a spring in their step.

Now they get a chance to play the All-Ireland champions Kerry, and that is something that always sharpens the instincts of any ambitious team and manager.

Of the four games this weekend, there is the distinct possibility of one shock. Donegal beware.

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