Monday 19 February 2018

Micko braced for quiet year with limited management offers on table

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Mick O'Dwyer is resigned to being without inter-county management involvement in 2012 for only the fourth year since 1974.

O'Dwyer stepped down after five years in Wicklow and with no vacancies that might suit him on the horizon, he admitted that 2012 will be his quietest since 1996, the year before he linked up with Kildare for a second spell.

He was two years away from Kildare, 1995 and '96 and was also 'out of work' in 1990 after ending his 15-year run with Kerry.

O'Dwyer, who revealed yesterday that there had been interest from some counties, needs surgery on an injured ankle but has not ruled out coaching at some level in the months ahead.

"I have to get my ankle repaired and I can't do anything at the moment. It doesn't look like I'll be managing a team, but you never know. I have had a few offers, but I have made no decisions."

O'Dwyer shied away from making comparisons between the Kerry team he managed and the current crop or how many of today's Kerry players would make the team of the 1970s and '80s.

He did, however, single out Colm Cooper and Declan O'Sullivan as two of the best of all time.

"This is an exceptionally good team. It would be hard to pick between the players. I wouldn't like to drop any of my players.

"Having said that, I'd love to have had Declan O'Sullivan and I'd love to have had the Gooch. (Kieran) Donaghy's not a bad player either."

O'Dwyer is adamant that Donaghy should start on Sunday.

"He will be vital. Kerry have the players. I think they have five of the best forwards in the country."

"You don't know what Dublin team will turn up. The team that played Wexford were very lucky to win. But then against Tyrone they gave an exhibition of football. If they can perform like that against Kerry it will be close, but I think Kerry will just about win it."

Irish Independent

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