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Mick O'Dwyer ready to return to gaelic football to take on 'advisory' role with Louth

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Published 29/04/2015 | 02:30

Mick O’Dwyer indicated last year that he was finished with inter-county management but he left the door open for a potential return, admitting at the time that he would be available to any team in an ‘advisory’ capacity
Mick O’Dwyer indicated last year that he was finished with inter-county management but he left the door open for a potential return, admitting at the time that he would be available to any team in an ‘advisory’ capacity

Mick O'Dwyer is to come out of inter-county 'retirement' to take up an advisory role with the Louth footballers.

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O'Dwyer has agreed to assist Colin Kelly's Louth management team as they bid to re-ignite their fortunes after a disappointing Division Three League campaign that ended in relegation.

O'Dwyer indicated last year that he was finished with inter-county management but he left the door open for a potential return, admitting at the time that he would be available to any team in an 'advisory' capacity.

Now the Wee County have accepted that offer with Kelly confirming that he has already attended a number of gatherings.

"He's been about the place. It's nothing formal. I would have had Micko addressing club teams I was involved with in the past. He has great enthusiasm."

The 78-year-old once again finds himself back in Leinster where he has been so successful with Kildare, Laois and even Wicklow. His last inter-county position was with Clare for a year in 2013.

It is understood that agreement has been reached with O’Dwyer to attend some sessions at their Darver training centre in the build-up to their opening Leinster Championship match with Westmeath in Drogheda on Sunday May 17.

Renowned as a master motivator O’Dwyer joins a team that has now dropped two divisions in two years.

Louth have been badly hit by retirements since last year with stalwart midfielder Paddy Keenan and full-forward Shane Lennon among those to depart while Brian White, John O’Brien and Mick Fanning are also unavailable.

Former Louth manager Peter Fitzpatrick, who guided them to their last Leinster final appearance in 2010, regularly brought in ‘outside’ advisers with former All-Ireland winning Donegal manager Brian McEniff in the background during his reign.

Peter McDonnell and Martin McQuillan, part of Kieran McGeeney’s backroom team in Armagh, were also involved with Fitzpatrick for a time while former Dublin goalkeeper John O’Leary was introduced in 2012.

Irish Independent

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