Healy provides blueprint for aspiring managers
Recently, a book of a different kind was launched, one with a simple title: 'Can You Manage?'
The book deals with the science of team management and is long overdue on the GAA scene. Most managers are still recruited (I nearly said employed!) on the basis of the reputation they held as players, but the list of failed managers who arrived by that route is endless.
It was researched and written by Tim Healy and is different to anything seen up to now in the GAA. Tim is from Cork. He played minor football there, senior for Wicklow, and has managed several club teams in various counties.
He also holds a masters degree in business and for 25 years he has been manager of his own successful company.
The central theme of 'Can You Manage?' is that coaching alone will not make you a good manager -- management skills are a crucial ingredient in the recipe for success.
There are some wonderful coaches in the GAA at all levels, but there are poor ones too who have never studied the requirements of the job. The GAA urgently needs to accept that premise and act upon it, with a real danger that the money going into coaching right now is largely being wasted.
The book is a blueprint for aspiring managers and explains how they can achieve success; it is certainly the most important GAA book published this year. Published by Ballpoint Press, it sells at €14.99.