Saturday 24 February 2018

'I'd be honoured to give him a lesson' - John Kavanagh open to teaching Diarmuid Connolly how to keep his cool

John Kavanagh and Diarmuid Connolly.
John Kavanagh and Diarmuid Connolly.

Ryan Nugent

Conor McGregor’s coach has offered his services to help Dublin GAA star Diarmuid Connolly control himself on the pitch after the St Vincent’s man was suspended for pushing a match official.

It comes amid huge controversy surrounding Connolly’s 12-week ban for pushing an official during the Leinster Senior Football Championship quarter-final against Carlow earlier this month.

Connolly, who is widely regarded as one of the most talented footballers in the country, is now unavailable until a potential All-Ireland semi-final.

Speaking to the Herald, MMA coach Kavanagh – who has trained Armagh boss Kieran McGeeney on many occasions – suggested Brazilian jiu-jitsu may work as a calming option for the Dublin talisman.

“For players that would get caught up in the moment like that and shove an official, knowing very well what it leads to, it’s an automatic ban when you do that right, in GAA?” said Kavanagh.

“So he knew what the consequences were and yet couldn’t control himself, so I would definitely as a coach see that as a worrying trait.

“I would definitely encourage him to do something about it. Training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, would that help? Maybe.

Asked whether his services would be available to one of the most high-profile players in the country, Kavanagh said he would be keen to help.

“The door is always open to somebody to come in and learn, so if he would like to come in and give it a go, I would be very honoured to give him a lesson,” he said.

Read the full interview with John Kavanagh in today's Herald.


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