James Horan was interviewed on the excellent Off the Ball programme on Newstalk last night – for anyone who missed it, it’s available here (the interview starts 38 minutes into this section of the programme).
In the interview, James spoke about how he wants to develop the players both as individual talents and as a collective unit and how mental strength needs to be built up over time, with an emphasis on this aspect in training. He pointed to how well we developed from a low ebb back in 1995 and said that our poor showing this year has probably given him and his team some space. He noted that, as a county, we tend “to overreact when things go well and overreact when things go poorly” which is probably a fair enough observation to make. He finished up by saying a bit about his backroom team, where he stated that “one or two” others would be added to this team.
It was the first time I’d heard the new man talk and I thought he came across very well. It’s obvious that he’s a straight talker and so the era of spin and political bullshit now appears, thankfully, to be behind us. It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that we’re now in safe hands – or is that an overreaction?
There’s a piece by Sean Moran in the Irish Times today which is also worth a look. In it, Kevin McStay speaks in fulsome terms about James Horan and the qualities he’ll bring to the job. Kev also reckons that this is the first time that we’ve appointed a home-grown manager who previously played in the forwards for us “since Ger Courell and Jackie Carney were in charge of the team that won the 1951 All-Ireland.” And there was me thinking that managers only came into vogue when Micko and Heffo turned up in the 1970s.