Tuesday 22 January 2019

Corey relishing shot at county game in Sligo

New Sligo boss Cathal Corey. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile
New Sligo boss Cathal Corey. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

New Sligo boss Cathal Corey is relishing his shot at inter-county management after being overlooked for the Donegal job twice.

Having worked with Jim McGuinness as joint-manager of Naomh Conaill in 2009, Corey took sole control for the following season and led the club to a Donegal title as well as an Ulster club final appearance.

He was in the shake-up to replace McGuinness as Donegal manager when he moved on but they opted for Rory Gallagher instead. And after Gallagher stepped down earlier this year, Corey, who had helped Glenties to another county crown in 2015, was again overlooked, this time Declan Bonner getting the nod.

Corey admits he has some work to do to familiarise himself with the Sligo football scene but was impressed with the ambition of the county's executive.

"I got a phone call about two weeks ago asking if I would be interested so I went down and met them. I was very impressed with the set-up and the centre of excellence they have down there.

"The board said they have a good team of 18 to 22-year-olds that they want to bring through. I have watched a couple of videos since getting the call and I was impressed.

"They look like big, strong, fit fellas who are in good condition. They are obviously serious about their football."

Corey has extensive coaching experience having worked in UUJ and Slaughtneil where he helped the club to a Derry league title and most recently worked with Monaghan club Truagh.

Having spent plenty of time working with McGuinness, Sligo fans could be forgiven if they expect to see plenty of bodies behind the ball in 2018. However, the Kildress Wolfe Tones man insists they will be cutting their cloth to suit.

"We'd all like to play the Rolls Royce stuff and I think young players like to play attacking football too. We won't be putting 15 men behind the ball but you have to be aware of what is behind you too.

"And then it comes down to the opposition, the players you have, the time of the game it is and how things are going for you. There are plenty of things that determine that."

Irish Independent

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