Thursday 21 September 2017

Successors who flourished ...

Three managers who replaced an All-Ireland winning manager and delivered All-Ireland titles themselves

JOHN ALLEN

(Cork hurling 2005-2006)

Came from Cork 'boot room' and provided a seamless transition when Donal O'Grady stepped away after the 2004 All-Ireland triumph. Allen backed it up with a further All-Ireland in 2005 before losing the 2006 final to Kilkenny.

JACK O'CONNOR

(Kerry football 2004-2006,

2009-2012)

O'Connor has twice succeeded All-Ireland winning managers in Kerry and has followed with All-Ireland titles himself as manager with both terms. Within a year of Paidi O Se's departure Kerry were 2004 champions, a feat repeated in 2009 under O'Connor after Pat O'Shea stepped down.

PAT O'SHEA

(Kerry football 2007-2008)

Like O'Connor, whom he replaced, success was instant with the delivery of the 2007 All-Ireland title, the only time in the last two decades that there has been a successful defence of an All-Ireland football title.

Successors who failed

MICKEY WHELAN

(Dublin football 1996-1997)

Had redemption in 2011 as Pat Gilroy's coach, but Whelan found the going tough when he replaced 1995 All-Ireland winning manager Pat O'Neill.

DECLAN RYAN

(Tipperary hurling 2011-2012)

Won back-to-back Munster titles, but Tipperary's yardstick stretches beyond the province in the wake of Liam Sheedy's 2010 success.

MICKEY NED O'SULLIVAN

(Kerry football 1990-1992)

O'Sullivan got the poisoned chalice of having to follow in the footsteps of Mick O'Dwyer. His time ended after that 1992 Munster final defeat to Clare.

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