Sunday 11 December 2016

McCorry keeping 'club Down' in a positive frame of mind

Declan Bogue

Published 25/04/2015 | 02:30

Spend any length of time with Jim McCorry and you soon learn that this is not a man who struggles with his confidence
Spend any length of time with Jim McCorry and you soon learn that this is not a man who struggles with his confidence

SPEND any length of time with Jim McCorry and you soon learn that this is not a man who struggles with his confidence.

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Things are busy. His day job is manager of leisure services in what was Newry and Mourne and Down District Council, recently 'rebranded' as Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, and the merger has been hectic.

Football is his release, and it happens to be going very well for him at present as he brings his Down side to tomorrow's Division 2 league final against Roscommon in Croke Park.

Little wonder he has no time for those with considerable platforms and appetites for self-loathing.

"Despite some of the so-called experts telling us that there were no such thing as sweepers and double-sweepers, drift defences and blanket defences, I think they existed in those days as well, just not as blatant as now," shares the former Armagh manager, before he gets to the changing face of the media.

"Nowadays, virtually everything that is being reported, is being reported in a negative mode. There's not an awful lot of positivity out there. I would watch an awful lot of other sports. You find that rugby people are a lot more positive about their sport in how they talk about it," he explains.

NEGATIVITY

"Obviously, when things are wrong they need to be discussed. I am not saying to sweep everything under the carpet. But when there is one wee bit of negativity, everybody jumps on that bandwagon. There is an awful lot of good going on in the games."

A good time then, to ask him of Colm O'Rourke's comment a fortnight ago when he wrote; 'From a purist's point of view, I thought Down and Roscommon had a rotten style.'

A fairly stinging remark against a side tied with Armagh as the most prolific goalscorers throughout the league.

"Maybe all the pundits share notes on it, because there is another one writing in a Sunday paper who has called us dull and defensive," McCorry says. "I don't think he has seen us at all by the time he wrote that.

"I don't think we had been televised. If Colm O'Rourke is going to base his assessment on the Meath game, then I think it would be unfair."

It has been notable to read Donal O'Hare and Paul Devlin this week talk of their pride in Down football and how much they enjoy playing for this team.

"There is a lot of fun within what we do. I have actually said this before, but I feel we are like a club in what we do, there is a club atmosphere here and they get on well together, they back each other up," he says.

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