Managers copy Dubs' style at their peril
Published 12/03/2014 | 02:30
The avalanche of goals and points in the National Football League are being widely credited to the introduction of the black card and defenders' fear of the tackle.
What hasn't been mentioned is the influence Dublin's All-Ireland win has had on all the copycat managers out there – and make no mistake, Gaelic football is full of copycat managers.
In the past 10 years, managers of weaker teams have copied Tyrone's hard working wing-forwards, then they began to relocate midfielders to full-forward a la Kieran Donaghy, they then moved on to blanket defences like Donegal and now the shift seems to be to copy Dublin's 'attacking' brand of football.