The announcement by the Leitrim County Board that Mickey Moran and John Morrison will be prowling the sidelines up in Carrick next season is an interesting one. M&M were being mentioned the other week – along with a cast of thousands, it must be said – as one of the possible candidates for The Biggest Job in Gaelic Football but they’ve now opted, probably with good reason, for the lower-key surroundings of the Ridge County. Apart from their year with us in 2006, they also had a stint in charge of the team at Sligo a while back so they’re well versed – as well versed as our own man – in county management within Connacht.
I know that there are mixed feelings amongst our own supporters about our M&M era, what with the big lad’s risible Brazilian comments, the infamous “nut” formation and the inference that it was the players rather than the guys on the sideline that called the shots during that championship campaign. I’ve not got much of an opinion on that latter point but what I will say is that, in sport, results on the field go a long way in measuring what constitutes success or failure. In their single year in charge, M&M brought us to a league semi-final, won Connacht and then took us to an All-Ireland final, in the process providing us with one of our most memorable days ever when we beat the Dubs in the semi-final. It wasn’t a bad year’s work – Johnno has achieved roughly the same over the course of his two stints as Mayo manager, a period of six years and counting – and the lads certainly deserved far better than the shitty treatment they got from the County Board at the end of their single season in charge. I, for one, wish them all the best in their new surroundings.