Monday 25 September 2017

'Do you want a load of Pep Guardiolas?' - David Brady and John Mullane on whether GAA managers should wear suits

David Brady (left), Pep Guardiola (centre) and John Mullane (right).
David Brady (left), Pep Guardiola (centre) and John Mullane (right).
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

It has been a long, long time since an inter-county manager has worn anything on the sideline other than a tracksuit - and ex-Mayo star David Brady thinks it's about time the GAA borrowed the coaching dress code from other sports.

Football managers like Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho are known for their sartorial elegance as much as their tactical nous, whereas the biggest fashion statement of the last decade in the GAA is probably Brian Cody's baseball cap.

Speaking on this week's episode of The Throw In, Independent.ie's GAA podcast, Brady harked back to a time where Mick O'Dwyer could be spotted in a sideline suit as Kerry manager.

Describing the GAA dress code as one of his 'pet hates', Brady outlined his fashion forward vision for the future.

"Let's get the pet hates out - some managers shouldn't be allowed wear a tracksuit and t-shirt," Brady said.

"You see it in all other sports. It [the GAA] is the only sport really, bar some soccer managers, where every manager has to wear a tracksuit and a t-shirt.

"You are in a different mindset when you are in a shirt or in a blazer and a pair of slacks. Mickey Harte, Brian Cody and Davy Fitz, they don't suit a tracksuit."

Waterford legend John Mullane, who was ostensibly on the show to discuss hurling, then chimed in brilliantly to give his own take on the subject.

"David, do you want to have a load of Pep Guardiolas and Jose Mourinhos?," Mullane asked.

"We'll have to get some of those handkerchiefs they wear on the Sunday Game!"

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