Sunday 21 January 2018

Marc Ó Sé reveals the three 'qualities' inter-county managers need to possess and that his late uncle Páidí undoubtedly did

Marc Ó Sé loved the brand of football Kerry played under Páidí
Marc Ó Sé loved the brand of football Kerry played under Páidí Newsdesk Newsdesk

Former Kerry star Marc Ó Sé has outlined what he believes are the characteristics that all inter-county managers need to have to thrive.

Writing in his column in today's Irish Mail on Sunday, the five-time All-Ireland winner spoke about Eamonn Fitzmaurice's decision to drop him for the All-Ireland semi-final replay against Mayo in 2014, his initial anger but his admiration for the strength it took for him to make that call.

Ó Sé believes the big issues facing managers are not dealing with media criticism, unhappy fans or online trolls but is internal issues and priming a squad of 30 different personalities to excel.

He outlined the three traits a good manager needs.

"There are certain things you really need; you have to be ruthless just like Fitzy was with me, you have to have a thick skin because you are always going to take the heat and you have to always stay true to your instincts," he said

"All the rest, you can get around by delegating to your management team, but as the leader those are the three qualities you must have.

"It takes a special breed to be a manager and a rare one to be successful."

He believes the one manager who embodied those qualities the best for him was his late uncle Páidí Ó Sé.

"They were qualities that were evident in all of the managers I played under, most obviously my uncle Páidí," he said.

"He was ruthless because if he hadn't been, he would not have had success with West Kerry, Westmeath and, above all, Kerry.

"He was true to his convictions that football should be played to thrill in all my years playing I never thought that we played better, more exciting football than we did under him in 2002 even though we did not go on to win the All-Ireland.

"And thick-skinned? From the furore which greeted his 'f**king animals' line about Kerry supporters to the attack he faced on the sideline in 2003 when he took a dig from a Kerry supporter, it never bothered him.

"In fact, after the latter, he joked to us that he had given so many slaps  in Croke Park in his time that he was owed one back.

"But the hardest slap Páidí ever took was after that game, which was his final one as Kerry manager.

"He was cut to the bone when he was sacked by Kerry, and it was not such by what he said to us, but by what he didn't utter. He kept it to myself, yet we knew by looking at him that he was utterly devastated by it, However, there is one comfort in the fact that he had made peace with it before he died."

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