What can you say about Munster’s crushing defeat to a fourteen-man Stade Francais?
There’s no end to the superlatives: abysmal, humiliating, disgraceful, appalling.
My personal choice is shite.
Munster were shite.
They couldn’t even beat a team that was missing a player for the entire second half. In fact it was hard to know which side was down to fourteen players. They failed for the second year in a row to make the play-off stages of the European Cup, and whatever we might think the reasons are for that, there’s no doubt where the buck stops.
The fact is that Anthony Foley and his management team have failed to deliver what they were hired to deliver and you might say that’s because they don’t have the resources, or you might say it’s because they don’t have the players, but that would only be making excuses. The fact is that they have failed, whatever the reasons, and pretending otherwise will do Munster rugby no good.
But don’t listen to me. Listen to Alan Quinlan.
And while you’re at it, see what CJ Stander had to say after the game.
We rightly place a high value on loyalty here, as well as doggedness, determination and a little bitterness to keep an edge on things, but loyalty is one thing, while blind, unquestioning allegiance is quite another. Such uncritical belief does us no good as we risk slipping into obscurity, long removed from the glory days of not so long ago.
We can’t do this.
Let’s have the debate and let’s have the discussion.
Was Foley the right choice to take over from Rob Penney?
Did Foley choose the right people for his management team?
Do some people have a divine right to manage Munster simply because they were once great servants of rugby?
How did the plan go so disastrously wrong? And let’s be straight about it — failing twice in two years to reach the knock-out stages is a disaster.
Speaking personally, my only question is this: since Foley and his management team have twice demonstrated their inability to deliver a result, should they have the opportunity to fail disastrously for a third time?
Isn’t it time to make our cows a little less sacred?