Monday 24 June 2019

No woman coach ready for men's GAA - Dublin's Philly McMahon

Ireland soccer international Stephanie Roche shows off her silky football skills at #WomenInSport watched by Arsenal footballer Louise Quinn, Anne Kiely from Twitter, GAA player Rena Buckley, Dublin footballer Philly McMahon and rugby referee Joy Neville. Photo: Tony Gavin
Ireland soccer international Stephanie Roche shows off her silky football skills at #WomenInSport watched by Arsenal footballer Louise Quinn, Anne Kiely from Twitter, GAA player Rena Buckley, Dublin footballer Philly McMahon and rugby referee Joy Neville. Photo: Tony Gavin

Dublin Gaelic footballer Philly McMahon has said he doesn't see any female coaches who could take the men's game "to another level".

The six-time All Ireland winner made the comment during a panel discussion at the #WomenInSport event at Twitter's Dublin headquarters yesterday.

The event was held as part of the 20x20 campaign which aims to increase the visibility of women's sport.

"Gaelic football has become a very tactical game. It doesn't have the framework of coaching badges that soccer might have," said McMahon.

"I do see a crossover in Mick Bohan, who would have been a technical coach for us on the Dublin football men's team, and is now obviously coaching the women's team.

"I don't see any female coaches out there that could tactically take the men's game to another level.

Philly McMahon: Never afraid to call it as he sees it
Philly McMahon: Never afraid to call it as he sees it

"Shoot me if I don't know if there's anyone out there. But I don't see it at the minute."

Several other well-known sports people participated in #WomenInSport, including soccer player Stephanie Roche, rugby referee Joy Neville and GAA player Rena Buckley.

The key message throughout was the importance of female sporting role models.

The 20x20 campaign aims to increase media coverage of women's sport and female participation in sport by 20pc.

Irish Independent

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