Friday 22 September 2017

Eugene Mcgee: McGeeney miracle a lesson in the art of management

Kieran McGeeney has done a brilliant job with the resources at his disposal in Kildare.
Kieran McGeeney has done a brilliant job with the resources at his disposal in Kildare.
Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

Well known former referee John Bannon made several visits to Kildare training sessions prior to last Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final to enlighten the players, presumably, about how to avoid conceding fouls.

The last time I heard of this kind of approach was back in the early 1980s when Mick O'Dwyer brought the then best referee in the land, Paddy Collins from Westmeath, down to a training session in Killarney, allegedly to show the Kerry stars the correct use of the revamped handpass. Those Kerry lads were always that bit slow in matters like that, you know!

This set me thinking about two things in particular -- the lengths to which team managers go to get players to understand the simplest of tasks, such as understanding the rules of the game, and secondly do the players of today have their common sense siphoned out of them by coaches who take total control of the players' lives.

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