Saturday 19 January 2019

Curran turns down Faithful approach

Curran: Offaly admiration. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile
Curran: Offaly admiration. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Former Dublin All-Ireland winner Paul Curran has revealed that he's turned down an approach from Offaly to become their next senior football team manager.

Curran is currently guiding the fortunes of St Oliver Plunkett Eoghan-Ruadh in the capital but despite being tempted by the Faithful County approach, he's declined the chance to succeed Pat Flanagan.

Offaly sources have now indicated that county board officials are likely to go local for a new supremo - with former players Paschal Kelleghan and Peter Brady the leading contenders after their success at club level.

Curran's recent club stock is also high - as he led Ballymun Kickhams to a 2012 Dublin title, before managing Clann na nGael to Roscommon glory in 2015.

But the 1995 All-Ireland senior medallist won't be accepting Offaly's invitation to cut his managerial teeth at senior inter-county level.

He said: "I met them but I said no. It did appeal to me, I have to say, with the Faithful Fields facility up and running. I met the county board but it's just too much of a commitment and I'm busy at the moment."

Curran worked with current Dublin senior boss Jim Gavin at U-21 level but when asked if he fancies the prospect of managing a senior county team, he replied: "I would think I'm running out of time. I'm probably missing my window. The game at county level has moved on. I know it's the same thing, but there's just something about the inter-county scene that scares me."

Curran has also put forward his view that this current Dublin senior team is on course to become the greatest of all-time.

"They look as hungry as they did when they won it in 2011. That's Kilkenny-esque. How they manage it is down to the ferocious competition within the squad - and the competition that's coming up as well with fellas like Paul Flynn, Kevin McManamon and Bernard Brogan not getting the game time they'd like but still ready to prove how good they are."

Irish Independent

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