Tuesday 27 June 2017

Sheedy has the class for Dublin post

THIS is not a 'silly season' summer flyer -- Jack Sheedy to be the next Dublin football manager.

It may seem churlish to be speculating on the succession stakes in the week of Dublin's best display under Pat Gilroy, but Sheedy is an early frontrunner based on his achievements with Moorefield in Kildare.

The former All Star first cut his managerial teeth with Edenderry in Offaly before last year moving to Moorefield, where he made an instant impression -- winning the 2010 league and championship double. Victory in the Kildare SFC final last year was particularly sweet as his charges mounted a famous comeback to beat fierce rivals Sarsfields.

Last Saturday, they retained their league title with another final win over Sarsfields. Incredibly, Moorefield haven't lost in the league in the entire two years of Sheedy's reign. Now that's impressive.

Change as good as rest

GALWAY'S Finian Hanley has questioned the wisdom of removing Tomas O Flatharta on the basis that changing manager so often leads to instability and uncertainty.

He has a point regarding how Galway conduct their affairs but surely the players have a responsibility in the matter too.

After all, results usually decide a manager's fate and in the case of Galway the reality is that their only championship win (and a lucky one at that) in 2010 and 2011 was over New York. As for players getting used to new managers, it hasn't worked out too badly in Mayo (James Horan) and Donegal (Jim McGuinness) this year.

Galway now look certain to shop local for their next senior manager (Alan Mulholland) and it seems outsiders could be shunned for some time.

GAA impressed by 'lonely' Maloney?

RTE'S promotion of their Premier League soccer coverage features a rather forlorn looking Darragh Maloney apparently spending his summer pining for the return of the programme he fronts on Saturday nights.

He's seen playing cards, wandering around the TV studio looking sadly at blank screens, kicking ball against a wall before a soothing voice tells him: "it's been a long, lonely summer. But don't worry Darragh, it's almost back."

Would this be the same Darragh Maloney who was part of RTE's GAA commentary team for the championship? And a good one at that.

Wonder what the GAA makes of RTE running a campaign which implies one of its commentators was, in fact, bored by it all and couldn't wait for the return of the soccer. And what does Maloney think of such an unfair depiction?

Irish Independent

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