Speculation is now rife that Dublin boss Pat Gilroy will quit his position in the wake of Sunday’s defeat.
Speaking after the game, Gilroy said, “I don’t even know what I am doing next week, not to mind next year, so this is not the time to think about those things.
“It’s very raw at the minute so we need to go away for a week or two and have a good think. There’s other people always involved in me making a decision to go on with this.”
Asked about the match, Gilroy commented, “I think we were quite close to Mayo’s intensity but not quite at it for 26 or 27 minutes.
“Then a couple of cheap scores at the end, like easy scores that we gave away at the end of the first half put us into a very difficult position at six points down. We continued that pattern after halftime and went 10 behind.
“We were close, far closer than in the league and when we really put the screw on, we put them under severe pressure but it was probably just too late.
“I don’t think it’s any harder defending it as winning it. It’s just very difficult. Other teams get better, people are good. I think, I couldn’t fault any player for their application or their effort this year.
“They all did everything, even more so than last year and physically they were probably even a step up from where they were last year and it wasn’t good enough. So, to win an All-Ireland is a huge task and I think other teams just probably do get a bit better.”
KILKENNY boss Brian Cody is backing his team to prove their Leinster final defeat to Galway was a one–off when they meet again in Sunday’s All-Ireland decider.
Cody said, “We shouldn’t be in a position where one defeat is going to suddenly shatter our confidence, I think the team has been together too long for that to happen.
“People are beginning to wonder around the place, ‘Are they finished, is the team coming to an end?’
“That’s being speculated on in the press and whatever, and that’s fair enough. It hasn’t occurred to me that that is the case though.
“Obviously we got a serious beating. That focused the mind for you very much. If that had happened in the All-Ireland semi-final that was our year over, it’s gone.
“Everyone understood it was a very, very bad beating to get but we had an opportunity to do something about it.
“Another avenue opened up for us and it would be understandable enough that everything would be put into getting yourself right for that opportunity.
“It was an opportunity that we wouldn’t always have had so it wasn’t a case of having to motivate players, they came back totally focused and totally determined to salvage the season again.
“It took an extra game but we got to the final where we wanted to be and the challenge now is to go ahead of win it.”
GALWAY boss Anthony Cunningham can’t wait to see Joe Canning on the All-Ireland final stage against Kilkenny this Sunday.
Canning has worked hard on his fitness this season and has been rewarded with his first appearance in hurling’s biggest game as Galway look to repeat their Leinster final win over the Cats.
Manager Cunningham said, “Definitely early in the season he put in tremendous work but then he got a couple of injuries that set him back slightly.
“When we met with Joe, in the first couple of conversations we stressed we wanted to get him back to his ‘08 form. The first year that Joe came on, a league semi-final against Cork in Limerick, he was nearly unmarkable.
“His nerve to go and score dipped a bit. I don’t think it was as a result of any lack of effort from Joe, but if you’re a forward and your nerve dips - your finish can dip. He really turned it around.”