Saturday 10 December 2016

Lessons in management

Published 05/01/2009 | 00:00

Oliver Goldsmith was never an avid follower of football or hurling, but one could be forgiven for applying his lines above about the schoolmaster from 'The Deserted Village' to the many teachers who, over the years, have used their skills to good advantage when they became managers of intercounty teams.

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It is an undoubted fact that more teachers are in charge of football and hurling teams at county level than from any other walk of life and the past decade or so has proved this. For instance, of the last 11 All-Ireland football championships, no less than seven have been under the guidance of teachers, past or present.

Mickey Harte had three successes with Tyrone while Jack O'Connor and John O'Mahony both had two terms as winning All-Ireland managers. In hurling, eight of the last 10 All-Irelands were guided by teachers with Brian Cody (6), Donal O'Grady and John Allen.

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