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posted 12 Sep 2011, 07:03 by Unknown user   [ updated 12 Sep 2011, 07:04 by Colm Beirne ]

In an interview with the Irish Examiner, Waterford captain Stephen Molumphy says he would have no problem with the idea of the Déise bringing in another outside manager.

Waterford have not had a local man in charge since Tony Mansfield’s reign in the mid-1990s, but Molumphy is not pushed where Davy Fitzgerald’s successor comes from.

"We haven’t got together since the All-Ireland semi-final but Davy has left things in good shape. I don’t really mind where the next manager is from. It’s up to the county board to decide that. We have no input into it whatsoever," he said.

Dublin U21 manager John McEvoy has expressed his disappointment after his side failed to perform in the All-Ireland U21 final defeat to Galway on Saturday night.

"It is very disappointing," he is quoted as saying in several of this morning’s papers. "We felt going into the game that we had a great chance. Our preparations had been very good and we felt we had all the bases covered. But on the day it did not happen for us. A penalty decision and a few things like that went against us. But those are the breaks and they make the difference in big games like, particularly in the first half."

McEvoy’s counterpart, Anthony Cunningham, was understandably overjoyed that his players had come back from last year’s 20-point defeat to Tipperary to claim All-Ireland honours.

"These players were shell-shocked last year. It was probably a lonely place, but these guys worked so hard for it this year,” he told the Irish Independent.

"They were a very young team 12 months ago, the experience stood to them. We did a lot of development work with them on the pitch."

Meanwhile Kerry captain Colm Cooper insists he is unfazed by the pressure that is being heaped on his shoulders ahead of the All-Ireland final against Dublin.

Cooper scored 1-7 against Mayo in the semi-final and once again all eyes will be on the Dr Crokes star when the Kingdom renew rivalries with Dublin next Sunday.

"When you go out and kick 1-5 or 1-7, and do it with any regularity, then that’s what you’re going to be expected to do in every game," he told the Irish Examiner. "I have set the bar pretty high over the last couple of years and if you don’t reach those standards, people start asking questions. That’s the nature of the human being, especially Kerry where you are only as good as your last game."

In an interview with the Irish Times, former All-Ireland winning Dublin captain and manager Tony Hanahoe has been refelcting on the League game between Dublin and Kerry and the signifciance it might have in Sunday’s All-Ireland final.

“Dublin played Kerry in the league in Croke Park some months ago and it was a very tense, competitive, serious game. And no doubt the basis for that competition, that night, was September. Now they have both arrived where they wanted to be. No doubt that’s what motivated them that evening. There was very little in it. It could have gone either way.”

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