Wexford hurling boss Darragh Egan has outlined the “insane” demands of inter-county management after some eye-opening experiences in his first year at the helm with the Model County.
Egan’s charges bowed out of the All-Ireland race when valiantly falling to Clare 10 days ago at the quarter-final stage, and the former Tipperary coach admits that the scale of work for an inter-county manager shocked him.
“It did, being honest – it did, yeah,” Egan told ‘The Throw-In’ podcast of the workload blowing his mind.
“I really had a front seat with Liam Sheedy the last three years and he’s an incredible mentor to me but I would have helped him out with a lot of the managerial work in Tipp.
“And I felt, ‘right, I’m ready for this now, I know the way it’s going to run’ but what was coming at me was nearly three times what I expected to be honest. Just the volume of calls, the amount of balls that you have to juggle between your players, your backroom staff, dealing with the county board and there’s a huge volume in it.
“I’m lucky in the sense that I work 15 yards from my front door as a primary school principal, I finish at 2.40, that allows me to get in the car at three o’clock and I’ll land in Ferns at five o’clock.
“There’s a two-hour block where I get a lot of my calls done and obviously the two hours coming home, there’s an insane amount of work in it but the one thing I will say is it’s extremely structured.”
Egan, who still lines out at club level with his native Kiladangan, also gave a ringing endorsement to the split season when insisting that it takes away a lot of unnecessary pre-season training.
“It’s brilliant the way it is structured, players know exactly what they have to do and what the split season is taking away is that large volume of pre-season training which is not needed any more. Players are in unbelievable shape now,” Egan said.
“Ultimately, November, December and January are your hardest months for driving and training and thankfully that’s now shortened and it’s hugely beneficial to both the players and the management staff.”