Tuesday 12 November 2019

Anything less than an All-Ireland is failure for Galway - Joyce

Pádraic Joyce. Photo: Sportsfile
Pádraic Joyce. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Pádraic Joyce is just settling into life as Galway football manager but he refuses to play down expectations with his sights already set on All-Ireland glory.

"I'm a Galway man by heart and by nature so we want to do our best for Galway," he said, in an interview with Galway Bay FM. 

"Our aim is to win another All-Ireland - simple as that. Anything less will be seen as an underachievement."

He has big ambitions for his side but Joyce has taken charge at a difficult time for Galway GAA. Main sponsors Supermac's have asked some searching questions surrounding governance in the county but the double All-Ireland winner insists such issues won't affect the players.

"There's a lot of facets to the Galway brand," he explained. "There's a lot of publicity out there about different stuff which we have seen, but that stuff that happened - it had nothing to do with Pádraic Joyce or Galway football.

"That's something in the background that happened and a lot of stuff happened two or three years ago which had nothing to do with the current set of players. All I care about is the player.

"Yes, there were different rows going on with sponsors and we are not going to be stupid and not mention that, but that's for the county board to sort out with the sponsors and they will sort it out.

"Pat McDonagh is a good man, and the county board I've been dealing with - I see them as good people at the minute and they have been very warm to me."

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Galway made significant progress in their five years under previous manager Kevin Walsh. They reached a Division 1 final, ended a long winless streak in Croke Park that stretched back to the 2001 All-Ireland final. They also had the upper hand on neighbouring rivals Mayo for a large part of his reign.  

However Walsh was continually criticised for his approach to the game, which some felt didn't play to the Tribesmen's strengths. Joyce wants his side to find a balance between attacking football and defensive solidity.

"You always look at successful teams and I would look at a lot of teams that are outside of Gaelic football," he said. "The All Blacks in rugby, the Patriots in NFL. You try and get nuggets out of all of that.

"You look at football, it has changed but deep down it hasn't changed a whole lot. You still have to score more scores and you have to be fitter and stronger than the team you play. It does get complicated, no doubt it has over the years with defensive systems and that kind of stuff and a manager has to work around that. 

"But you still have to get your 2-16 or 1-17 to win games and that's what we'll be training towards and aiming for. Obviously we have to keep it out the far side, and we can't go back to the galacticos of Real Madrid where it's 'you score four, we score five' obviously, but we have to keep it basic as well."

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