I haven’t had too much head space to think about the Gavin Duffy development (we’ve an impending close relative situation here, the details of which I don’t propose to go into but which will mean I’ll be absent more than present from here over the next week or so) but it’s a move that’s worth referencing all the same. In doing so, I’d have to agree with those who see it as a positive. Put simply, I don’t see any downside to the development and I think this remains the case if he never sees any action this summer.
As has already been said in the comments, Gavin’s addition to the set-up could have the effect of electrifying our championship preparation, with his professional sports background and the out-of-the-box thinking he might bring adding a new dimension to how we approach this championship campaign. It could, of course, turn out that he adds little or nothing to the cause but I can’t see him taking anything away from it either. In that sense, adding him to the ticket can only be a positive.
And top marks too for James Horan, who has had a fair few barbs flung at him of late about his being hidebound, conservative and dictatorial in his approach. If things don’t work out for us this summer, the decision to bring Gavin Duffy on board could well become another stick to beat the boss with but, you know, there’ll be plenty of sticks to hand in that event already. But if the coming championship campaign does go the way we all want it to go, then this development could well be viewed in an entirely different light.