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Brolly hits out at 'spineless' Armagh county board for making RTÉ complaint after McGeeney criticism

The row rumbles on.

JOE BROLLY HAS hit back at the reaction to his criticism of Kieran McGeeney on The Sunday Game and has labelled the Armagh county board as ‘spineless’ for complaining to RTÉ.

pjimage RTÉ pundit Joe Brolly and Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney. Source: INPHO

Brolly blamed McGeeney last Sunday for the poor display that saw Armagh exit the Ulster championship at the hands of Cavan.

The comments prompted a heated debate with former Armagh boss Paul Grimley branding Brolly’s remarks as poisonous.

In his weekly column in today’s Gaelic Life newspaper, Brolly responded to the reaction this week.

“The hysterical reaction from a few people to the discussion in the RTE studio on Sunday is a smokescreen. Kieran McGeeney’s managerial performance is a matter of public record.

“As is the serious ill health of the county game and the damage it is wreaking on the clubs. ”Poisonous and personal”, said Paul Grimley, before accusing me of using my kidney donation and charity work as a defence against criticism.

“The man is an irony free zone. There was nothing either poisonous or personal about what I said. Now the Armagh Board has made a complaint to RTE. Spineless isn’t the word.

“I have offered to debate these fundamental issues on live TV with a member of the Armagh Board.

“Let them come on TV and explain why the county players don’t play club football. Let them explain what the relationship is between manager and board.

“The real problem the Armagh board have is that what I said is true and everyone knows it’s true. The massive positive reaction on social media from Armagh folk speaks for itself.”

You can read Joe Brolly’s column in full here in this week’s Gaelic Life

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