Friday 20 October 2017

Micko in no rush as Laois target return

Mick O'Dwyer will take his time to consider the options that are opening up. Photo: Paul Mohan / Sportsfile
Mick O'Dwyer will take his time to consider the options that are opening up. Photo: Paul Mohan / Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

THE demand for Mick O'Dwyer's services may be increasing with each managerial vacancy that arises, but he remains detached from it all, for the present at least.

Laois, where he presided over the county's best era for decades between 2003 and 2006, are the latest to be linked with him, after Dick Miller, former county board chairman, revealed he had proposed to the current executive that they approach O'Dwyer. Former Laois football board chairman Joe O'Dwyer also wants O'Dwyer to return.

"His record in Laois speaks for itself and we haven't been anywhere near the same level since he left," said Miller. "He created a great stir around the place and I reckon he'd do the same if he came back." O'Dwyer also has big support in Mayo while other counties are also monitoring the situation.

Meanwhile, Wicklow remain in the background, hoping that he will continue with them for a fifth season. The Waterville maestro has switched off from all the speculation and will be making no decision on his future in the short term.

"I'm relaxing and enjoying the summer," he said yesterday. "I wish Wicklow were still involved in the championship, but they're not, so I'm sitting back and watching the games like everybody else. I said after we lost to Cavan that I'd be making no decision on my future for a while and that's still the way it is."

It was inevitable that there would be support for O'Dwyer in Laois, whom he transformed in 2003, leading them to a first Leinster title for 57 years and to All-Ireland quarter-finals in 2003, 2005 and 2006, as well as the NFL final in 2003. Their graph has plummeted since then.

However, there are doubts whether he would have any interest in returning to a county that didn't always appreciate his talents after the initial burst of success.

O'Dwyer will take his time to consider the options that are opening up, but it's certain that he will be back in management again next year. All that remains in doubt is the destination.

Irish Independent

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