Sunday 15 December 2019

Corinthians will go out and attack, vows Cunningham

New Corinthians coach Pat Cunningham, having already secured the services of former Connacht and Irish International Gavin Duffy as backs coach and Sean Duignan as forwards coach, believes his team are in a good position for the start of the league campaign. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
New Corinthians coach Pat Cunningham, having already secured the services of former Connacht and Irish International Gavin Duffy as backs coach and Sean Duignan as forwards coach, believes his team are in a good position for the start of the league campaign. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Daragh Small

New Corinthians coach Pat Cunningham knows he has a hard act to follow after taking over from Phil Pretorius during the summer.

But having secured the services of former Irish international Gavin Duffy as backs coach and getting Sean Duignan in as forwards coach, he believes they are in a good position.

And he wants his charges to hit the ground running when they open their campaign next weekend away to Ballymena.

Last year Cunningham was assistant to the South African as forwards coach and he says Corinthians made his decision to step up an easy one.

"I was lucky that the club gave me the opportunity. The key was the people that I got to work with, and to get Sean Duignan into the club was a big factor.

"Gavin Duffy coming in as well was a great coup. As a management team we are now really comfortable and this made my decision a lot easier," he said.

Cunningham (34) joined Corinthians from Creggs ten years ago, and works as a financial controller accountant in the Burkeway group.

"Under Phil we had a really attacking philosophy and that is something I'd like to bring to it as well," he said.

"It is an amateur sport, so enjoyment is vital, I suppose getting the balance between winning games and that is a skill in itself, but we will look to go out and attack to win games."

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