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Looking after No 2: How the assistant's role has become key in modern backrooms

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Donie Buckley has taken up a role with Monaghan

Donie Buckley has taken up a role with Monaghan

Donie Buckley has taken up a role with Monaghan

It is often said that behind every great man is a great woman and a similar theory has become prevalent in GAA circles this century with every great manager flanked by a great coach.

The No 2 is now as important as the boss with the likes of Eamon O'Shea (Tipperary hurlers, 2010 and '19), Paul Kinnerk (Clare and Limerick hurlers, '13 and '18) and Jason Sherlock (Dublin footballers, '15-'19) paid huge credit for recent All-Ireland triumphs.

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Tipperary boss Liam Sheedy with assistants Michael Ryan (L) and Eamon O’Shea (R). Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile

Tipperary boss Liam Sheedy with assistants Michael Ryan (L) and Eamon O’Shea (R). Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile

Tipperary boss Liam Sheedy with assistants Michael Ryan (L) and Eamon O’Shea (R). Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile

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