Tuesday 24 April 2018

Darragh Ó Sé reveals how Jim McGuinness tried to gate crash a Kerry training session

Jim McGuinness
Jim McGuinness
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It is unclear if Jim McGuinness wanted to take part in a training session with Paidí Ó Sé's Kerry to stay fit or on an espionage mission.

The former Donegal manager proved himself to be one of the most revolutionary managers that gaelic football has ever seen in masterminding Donegal's 2012 All-Ireland triumph and their demolition of the Dubs last season.

Writing in his column in 'The Irish Times', Darragh Ó Sé described how Paidí Ó Sé gave the plucky Donegal man his marching orders when the Donegal star, who was at the time studying in Tralee, arrived at a Kerry training session looking to join in.

Ó Sé, who won six All Irelands during his 17-year Kerry career, recalled that while it was more common practice at club level, it was highly unusual on the inter-county scene.

Dara's uncle Paidi was in charge at the time and was taken aback at the prospect of the shaggy-haired Donegal man pitching up for a Kingdom training session. The legendary Kerry manager didn't indulge McGuinness by allowing him pit his wits against the likes of Maurice Fitzgerald, Tomas O'Se and Mike Frank Russell in that particular night.

Ó Sé joked that the fact that the Glenties man sported long hair at the time didn't do him any favours in winning over the Kerry boss.

Now an integral part of the managerial set-up at Glasgow Celtic, Ó Sé believes the traits that set him apart as an All-Ireland winning manager, including the fact he had no inferiority complex coming from a less successful county, were clearly evident as a player.

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