The Championship is far from over, but the annual round of blood-letting has begun.
By that statement I mean the annual resignation, by mutual consent or straight-forward sacking of managers by county boards, driven by unrealistic expectations.
In fact, the annual cull started very early this year with the resignation of Derry’s Brian McIver over refereeing standards.
Angry and frustrated at the performance of referees throughout the current campaign but, in particular, at the display from the referee who officiated the game against Galway which fashioned the Oak Leafers’ exit from the Championship.
He has also claimed that there is to be no way back for him and that his only role in the sport will now be as a spectator.
I must admit, I don’t believe Derry got an even break when it came to the big decisions but I also believe it’s a shame that McIver departed as a result of it.
That said, I feel that McIver has come out of this reasonably well as he did manage to restore pride in the jersey and left the team in a better shape than he inherited.
Of course it won’t end here as far as managers are concerned as the pressure comes on Kieran McGeeney at Armagh while the close club vote at Down leaves Jim McCorry with a big decision to make.