Tuesday 21 November 2017

Carey urges Counihan to stay on

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Cork defender Ray Carey has backed Conor Counihan and his back-room team to remain in charge for next season.

The Aghada man has indicated that he will not be rushed into a decision on his future after guiding the Rebels to their first All-Ireland in 20 years last Sunday.

While Carey believes Counihan should be allowed to savour his success before contemplating his future, he says it is vital that Cork maintain their current back-room team and push on to further success.

"You'd love the back-room team to stay the same," he said, speaking at the launch of the Pele Sports shop in Dublin's Temple Bar.

"From masseurs to stats men (the team is impressive). Conor is the most visible aspect of that team. The amount of time, effort and professionalism they bring is extraordinary really.

"You'd hope that they stay on, but they deserve to just enjoy this for a couple of weeks and not worry about staying on or anything like that.

"You want them to stay, with nobody leaving or retiring, and then we could push on and achieve the same again next year," Carey continued.

"A lot of us won U-21 All-Ireland medals in 2007 and 2009. We have the Division 1 and Division 2 (league) titles so there is no reason that this team can't go on and win one or two more All-Irelands.

"What we experienced this week is something that we want to experience again and again.

"Football is very strong in Cork at the moment and you would hope we wouldn't be waiting another 20 years before we savour success again."

The eventual champions came from behind in both the All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin and their final win over Down last Sunday and Carey puts their struggles down to the preparedness of their opponents.

"I suppose last year we racked up big scores over 70 minutes," he said. "It's what we are trying to achieve, really, but teams are taking more notice of us and trying to combat us in the first half.

"We're just trying to adapt, really. We spoke about being able to adapt to how teams play and maybe that's why we have been better in the second half of games, because we realise what teams are doing and we adapted at half-time.

"As a result we go out and win the second half, (and) win the match as opposed to losing another All-Ireland final."

Irish Independent

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