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New season, new manager……..

Micko, Justin, Ger Loughnane etc. We have a roundabout of managers on the county and club scene. Miracle workers? All of them?

"And what happens? On the big day, you, the only one of the 30 who has the only ball on the pitch find you all on your own with no cones to guide you, no whistle, no lingo and you literally do not know what to do out there in the wilds of the match situation."

Well all of the above have been associated with one extraordinary team achievement over the last 40 years, but only one each…..and was it really a miracle or just the advent of television and hype that has create these modern day saints in our games? Strange how there were over 70 All Irelands won in each code before the advent of miracles and managers. It is a bit of a myth around these success stories isn’t it? And it is an expensive one for the amateurs at club to mimic and fund. For now, we have bought into it but let us focus on one particular aspect of what they don’t routinely address.
Are they looking out for the individual on the team?
You arrive at the pitch. The cones (the sure sign of the miracle worker) are out, new paths, new drills, the standard lingo from the coach…. This what the “Eddie Brennans” and “Henry Shefflins” do (even if there is only one). Come on, come on, faster, faster. Whatever you do don’t think about it……..and you don’t think about it. You spend so much time watching out for cones, listening to whistles, lingo and lunatics that you literally stop thinking about it. And what happens? On the big day, you, the only one of the 30 who has the only ball on the pitch find you all on your own with no cones to guide you, no whistle, no lingo and you literally do not know what to do out there in the wilds of the match situation. Why? You as an individual are seldom addressed as part of the coaching circus. Some of these coaches are going from club to club day after day and dishing out the same routines. You could be a specialist in your particular position if you were shown how, and if the coach knew how. But this will not be achieved unless we demand it as clubs and as part of the exorbitant prices we pay for the big name coaches. First touch and passion in teams is old hat and anyone of us could run these general sessions from a manual. Everyone is doing it so it is no advantage any longer. Actually providing for example a developing full forward or full back with the unique positional requirements, ball winning techniques and options to consider for each position is real coaching. Effectively training the position specialist is the new way and it is catching one. Demand this as part of the coach job role and let Joe Soap run the routine drills.

Unrelated ….. 20 years after the last one…..Cork for the double in 2010?

Well?....(in my best Clare speak)
The ball is beginning to hop again...Tom Humphries mentioned the effect a Thurles throw in has on him each summer. Cue - hair standing on the back of my head and out of hibernation....There is much much more than KK to this championship isn't there?


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