Tuesday 24 April 2018

Ó Sé 'dubious' about O'Connor return

The cover of Tomás Ó Sé's new autobiography 'The White Heat'
The cover of Tomás Ó Sé's new autobiography 'The White Heat'
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Tomás ó Sé has spoken of how he was "dubious" about Jack O'Connor coming back as Kerry manager for a second spell in 2009 after the revealing of details in O'Connor's autobiography published two years earlier.

In ó Sé's autobiography 'The White Heat', which is serialised in today's Irish Independent, the legendary Kerry wing-back hails O'Connor as the most successful coach he played under and credited him with developing him into the attacking force he became.

"You have to give him credit. He doesn't have to answer to anyone in management," he said. But ó Sé said the level of detail in the book was "an issue" for him and his older brother Darragh when O'Connor came back.

"I'd have been sceptical anyway because of the trust issue I'd had with him in his first stint. But in the second stint he had, I was dubious," he added.

"Trust is hugely important in a team set-up like that, and specifically trust between the management and players."

ó Sé thinks the erosion of trust had an impact. "We won the All-Ireland in his first year back, but not afterwards. Did it make a difference? At that level, the very top, I think it does.

"I have my views on his management style. I think the sanctuary of the dressing-room is sacred and at times I don't think you have the right to breach that."

Irish Independent

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