The Managers: The Tactics and Thinkers that Transformed Gaelic Football

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'Brilliant. The best researched and best compiled book on the subject that's ever been printed. Fans, players and would-be managers will devour it.'
Seán Kelly, former President of the GAA

In The Managers, journalist Daire Whelan looks at how the most successful and innovative managers of the past fifty years have influenced the development of Gaelic football.
Beginning with the modernisation of the sport by Down in the 1960s, Whelan examines the tactics and training used through the decades and, with interviews and insights from some of the game's greatest minds, including Mick O'Dwyer, Kevin Heffernan, Seán Boylan, Eugene McGee, Mickey Ned O'Sullivan, Brian McEniff, John O'Mahony and Joe Kernan, brings readers on a journey right up to the rise of 'The System' under Jim McGuinness. What is it that made some managers so successful? What was different about their philosophies and approaches? And how did they influence and change the game?
Asking players and coaches about the future of the game, The Managers provides us with a valuable account of the evolution of Gaelic football, and the men who changed it forever.

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The Managers: The Tactics and Thinkers that Transformed Gaelic Football
What is it that makes a successful Gaelic football manager? Is it success as a past player, man management skills, or in more recent times, a knowledge and understanding of tactics, systems and game-plans? Can a winning mindset really be taught or trained? And how can success on the pitch be transferred to success elsewhere?

Daire Whelan traces the evolution and development of Gaelic football as seen through the eyes of the game's most influential and successful managers and teams, including the Down 1960s Revolution, the Heffernan-O'Dwyer Years, as well as the rise of Ulster counties, and Kerry's challenge to stick to its traditions in the face of the modern game.

He reveals just what it is about the game's leading managers that brought such unparalleled success, and discovers that what works on the training pitch, works in all aspects of life. From the methods to the mindsets, The Managers shines a light on how and why success can be achieved on the Gaelic football field and beyond.

About the Author:

Daire Whelan is a writer and journalist. The author of two previous non-fiction books - Who Stole Our Game? and A Year with the Dubs - his work has appeared in the Irish Times, Magill, the Daily Mail and the Sunday Tribune. A former award-winning producer with Newstalk, RTÉ and Setanta Sports, he now runs his own digital content company, LastCastMedia.com, and lives in south Tipperary with his family and dogs.

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