O’Shea: ‘Proven winner’ McGeeney will lift Tipp
JACKIE CAHILL – 12 NOVEMBER 2013 Irish Independent
TIPPERARY hurling manager Eamon O’Shea believes that the recruitment of Kieran McGeeney can be a “mutually beneficial relationship”.
O’Shea has asked McGeeney to work with his players next season as a performance consultant.
Former Kildare football boss McGeeney, Armagh’s 2002 All-Ireland-winning captain, will also serve his native county as a selector under manager Paul Grimley.
McGeeney’s dual mandate has set tongues wagging in the GAA world, and O’Shea said he is “delighted” to have the three-time All Star on board.
O’Shea said: “He’s coming to work with us this season in the whole area of performance improvement. He’s a proven winner and I’ve had great admiration for him for a long time.
“He has some time available this season, even though he has a busy schedule with Armagh.
“I asked him would he like to look in on us now and again. He was also anxious to look at how things work in other sports and he was delighted to see how things are done in Tipperary.
“He certainly won’t be with us all the time or anything like that, but if we can draw on his experience now and again on the management side and on the individual player’s side, it will be very good for us.
“But he’s hoping to learn from us as well. He’s taking the opportunity to look at the way things are done in hurling. Hopefully it will be a mutually beneficial relationship.”
O’Shea explained that McGeeney will not have any direct involvement in the coaching of the Tipp players, stating: “He won’t have any involvement in the hurling or anything like that.
“I’m just thinking that if we can learn at various stages from him, it will be a win-win situation.”
O’Shea envisages McGeeney conducting group and individual sessions with Tipp players.
But he warned: “Mick (Ryan, assistant manager) and Paudie (O’Neill, coach) and myself think that this will be beneficial, but ultimately the players must go on the pitch and perform to the best of their ability in a hurling sense.
“This is just another way of looking at it.”