Sunday 21 January 2018

Corkery and Horan making early impression

David Corkery in his playing days
David Corkery in his playing days
Tony Ward

Tony Ward

Being a former playing great is no guarantee of similar success when crossing the great divide to coaching. There is no magic formula, no magic wand to ensure success as a matter of course.

That said, having the stripes can help and it is always encouraging to see players take up the coaching reins on the back of a great career.

The challenge of putting into practice the nuggets of coaching accumulated is complex to say the least.

While it's early days yet in their new positions, two former greats making things happen in the hurly burly of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League are Marcus Horan and David Corkery at Shannon and Young Munster respectively.

Former Munster and Ireland flanker Corkery is barely a month into his new role as head coach at Greenfields and already in his three opening games they have recorded successive wins over Old Belvedere, Cork Con and Terenure to move up to fifth place in Division 1A .

Former Ireland and Munster loosehead Horan has put together four wins on the bounce to move the Parish club up to the same position in Division 1B.

Much like Connacht's win on Saturday, no one is counting any chickens but early signs either side of the Shannon are good.

Irish Independent

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