'A bold statement'
Dream management team unveiled in Avondale
Securing the services of an All-Ireland club winning footballer from Galway as your football manager might be enough of a Christmas present for any GAA club but Avondale have gone one step further and coaxed one of the true legends of Wicklow football back to the fold to act as selector to really get the festive juices flowing.
Salthill-Knocknacurra's Davy Burke has assumed the role of Avondale Senior football manager for 2019 and he will be ably assisted by former Wicklow star Pat Baker, and club legend's Brendan Ward and Barry Sheehan.
'We're going all out this year,' said Seamus Doyle, Avondale GAA Club Chairman. 'Our new Senior manager is Davy Burke from Salthill-Knocknacarra. He has won county medals with his club, a Connacht medal and the All-Ireland club title in 2005.
'Davy has relocated to Stillorgan and he was involved with Naomh Olaf recently, but he is now our Senior football manager for 2019. His selectors are Pat Baker, Brendan Ward and Barry Sheehan. There's huge excitement in the club since his appointment and it's a bold statement,' added Seamus.
'Davy's package is absolutely brilliant,' said Seamus, who also revealed that the club will be enjoying a six-week regime with Marion Earls in Wicklow Town to get 2019 up and running. Kilmacud Crokes legend Maurice Leahy is also expected to play a role.
According to Seamus it was the late 90s when Pat Baker was last involved with the Avondale GAA Club in an official capacity. Seamus exudes a thoroughly deserved air of satisfaction at having coaxed the former Wicklow star back to the sidelines.
'A very persuasive Chairman,' was the answer Seamus provided when asked how Baker was encouraged to return.
'I got him involved in the interviewing board to select the new manager and he was blown away by Davy Burke.
So after a few days I rang him and he said he was impressed by Davy and I asked him to come back on board and he said he would. My words to him were: 'You're a legend'.