Former Kerry great Pat Spillane believes his county will find it difficult in 2013, having failed to impress in their two National League outings to date.
The Kingdom failed to score in the second half against Mayo, and could only manage four points against Dublin last weekend. Despite acknowledging that the present side are in transition, Spillane expressed doubts about the old and new players gelling this season. In an interview with RTÉ Sport, he said:
“Two matches, two defeats and the statistics make grim reading, with a paltry scoring return. Yes, Kerry are a team in transition, but the older lads have lost that yard or two of pace and the younger guys are just not good enough. The county are now paying the price for not bringing through adequate minor and U-21 sides over the last 20 years.
“Against Dublin our kick passing was poor, but more worrying was the lack of intensity, pace and passion. You can criticise players for many things, but when they don’t have heart, and many on the Kerry team did not show heart against the Dubs, then it is time to worry.”
When asked if it was too early to label the current state a crisis, Spillane warned: “It is a crisis with a capital C. Three tough away games against Kildare, Donegal and Tyrone await and with Division 1 being very competitive this year, Kerry are going to find it tough. The rebuilding should have started last year.”