Friday 18 August 2017

Dessie Farrell happy with U21 achievements but rules out coaching the senior team in the future

Dublin manager Dessie Farrell celebrates with Glenn O'Reilly after the EirGrid GAA Football All-Ireland U21 Championship Semi-Final match between Dublin and Donegal at Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Dublin manager Dessie Farrell celebrates with Glenn O'Reilly after the EirGrid GAA Football All-Ireland U21 Championship Semi-Final match between Dublin and Donegal at Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Conor McKeon

Conor McKeon

DESSIE Farrell signed off on his underage inter-county management stint with a second All-Ireland Under 21 title and again all but ruled out the prospect of managing the Dublin senior team in the future.

Dublin’s 2-13 to 2-7 victory over Galway in Tullamore, in what was the last All-Ireland Under 21 competition before it is regrarded to an Under 20 tournament, represented the county’s fifth such title.

It also marked Farrell’s third All-Ireland as a manager to go along with the 2014 Under 21 crown and his success with the 2012 Dublin minors.

Speaking immediately afterwards, the Na Fianna man said his intention was always to “go through to (Under) 21,” adding “we’ve seen it out now and that’ll be it.”

Asked about the prospect of one day managing the Dublin senior team, he replied: “I don’t think so. My roots have been in the development squad stuff and through to minor and the natural evolution was to take on the 21s.

“The senior is a whole different ball game. The time commitment that’s required at that level… like this is ridiculous but at senior level it’s gone to a whole new level and I have great admiration and respect for the men that take on the role in any county.

“It’s just where I’m at in my own career I can’t see it, to be honest.”

“I’m happy with what we’ve done here,” Farrell went on.

“It’s been a wonderful couple of years. You learn a lot about yourself in these situations as well and it’s been a great experience.

“I’m just happy with that now. I need to get on and drive on with other stuff that’s important.”

Farrell was also gushing in his praise for his team’s attitude to the situation they faced last week when a full round of club Championship fixtures were staged in the middle of their two-week build-up to today’s final.

A request from management and several clubs to the Dublin county board’s Competitions Control Committee was rejected and many of Farrell’s squad played three tough Championship matches in two weeks.

Their manager felt they “deserved” their All-Ireland medal for the maturity demonstrated in dealing with the issue.

“Yeah, look – it’s not ideal. But we just had to get on with it, put it to bed and drive on,” he explained.

“Because if you dwelled on it, it wasn’t going to serve us too well at all.

“The lads have been amazing. Just immensely proud of them for the leadership they showed on that issue and generally all year has been phenomenal.

“They’ve been an unfortunate bunch in many ways through the minor and the last couple of years some of them with the Under 21s.

 “A good start was always going to be important. And then the match-ups; minimising, as best we could, their main men.

“Restricting their space and time on the ball and that sort of thing. I think we did a reasonably good job of that.”

“I believe they deserved this. And I’m delighted they came away with it at the end.”

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