Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Returning Waterford senior football manager, Tom McGlinchey. Photo: Inpho.

Positive vibes from the players convinced Tom McGlinchey to agree to a fourth year in charge of the Waterford senior footballers. He was ratified at last week’s county board meeting to lead them into the 2018 season.
The Déise almost toppled Cork for the first time since 1960 this summer andthe squad gave McGlinchey their backing to stay on. “It isn’t a decision you take lightly whether it’s the first year or the fourth year,” he explained. “I spoke to the players, the backroom team, the county board and most importantly my family. I got good feedback from the players, they wanted to continue on the relatively good work that was done in the two championship games. They were willing to give it one more lash for this coming year. To get the support of the county board was important as well. Another huge factor was the fact that Gerry Fitzpatrick and Peter Kirwan were staying on board. They brought a new sense of professionalism to the set-up this year.”
McGlinchey noticed the pay-off of a more rigorous physical programme when they reached championship time. “It’s so evident now at inter county that having people with proper strength and conditioning backgrounds involved with the team is vital. None more so than ourselves this year, we saw what Gerry and Peter brought to the table. The two lads came in with huge reputations, having been involved with the Waterford and Wexford senior hurlers. They’re on our doorstep and the players bought into what they were talking about. They feel that they have more to offer and I’m delighted to have them on board for 2018.”

He confirmed that Laurence Hurney and Tony Corcoran have stepped away as selectors for 2018 and thanked them for their dedication to the Waterford cause.“The Hurney family are synonymous with Waterford football. Our loss is Ballinacourty’s gain because he’s hugely involved with the juvenile set-up and he’s playing himself with the intermediate footballers and junior hurlers. He was a great addition to our team over the last couple of years. Tony was the first chap I met four years ago and he just oozes enthusiasm for Waterford. He served three years with me, three years with Niall Carew and two years as under 21 manager before that. Every one of those players have gone through his hands at some stage or another. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if you cut Tony Corcoran, you’d have blue blood! He just lives for Waterford.”
The rest of McGlinchey’s backroom staff remain intact. This comprises the medical team of Cian Ó Conchúir, Johnny Flavin and Declan Spellman, secretary James Cooney, Pat O’Brien on logistics and goalkeeping coach Frank Ryan.
29 players pulled on the jersey in league and championship during 2017 and he will comb the club scene again to reinforce the panel. “Over the last three years, we’ve constantly been introducing young players and new playersevery season and even mid-season. When I was contemplating going back, I looked back over previous teams and from the panel that played in the McGrath Cup final, there’s sixteen new players involved since that time. Looking at the club championship, I think we’ve exhausted in the last few years who’s been available to us. After the way we performed against Cork and Derry, some will feel that Waterford football is worth playing for. I’m hopeful that whenever the club championship finishes that more new players will come on board and that 2018 will be something to look forward to.”

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By Tomás McCarthy
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