15 June, 2011

Clamour growing for return of O'Grady to Cork 'Director of Hurling' hot-seat:

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Donal O'Grady celebrates Cork's 2004 All-Ireland hurling win
Donal O'Grady has natural authority.  He won't tolerate slackness. Cork need that attitude to shake things up at all levels.

Calls are growing for the return of Cork's 2004 All-Ireland senior hurling winning manager Donal O'Grady to return to Leeside in become the director of hurling in the county.  It is widely agreed that his organisational skills are needed within a once great hurling county now experiencing fallow times.
GAA expert Christy O'Connor is the latest to make this call.  The award-winning author and All-Ireland club winning goalkeeper believes O'Grady's coaching expertise and attention to detail - which was in evidence in Limerick's last minute one-point loss to Waterford in the Munster semi-final over the weekend - makes him the ideal candidate to revive Cork's fortunes on a broad level.
Donal O'Grady doing what he does best and Cork need him back
"It would seem foolish of the Cork county board not to try and recruit O'Grady for his expertise and guidance in the future direction of Cork hurling.
For now, O'Grady has only committed to Limerick for one year, but never tied himself to long-term projects.  When he took over Cork in 2002 he immediately built structures and fostered a culture, the like of which had never before framed the preparation of a Cork hurling team.  It was scientific, demanding and challenging and he has now created similar conditions in Limerick.
"Donal O'Grady was the best Coach I ever had,"
- Seán Óg Ó hAilpín

It seems strange that other counties are now benefitting hugely from the expertise of O'Grady.  Especially at a time when many people within Cork worry about the state of Cork hurling in general."
When Donal O'Grady talks hurling;  hurling people listen
O'Grady has adopted the same hands-on role in Limerick as he had in Cork.  As a coach, he is rare in the modern era in that he breaks the skills down into minute detail and is extremely particular in the exact execution of the skills as he wants it.  The purpose of every drill is explained and outlined and O'Grady focuses heavily on the main fundamentals.  That technical expertise, which extends to every level, is a talent that few coaches  possess.
Having been rejected in 2009, O'Grady might not consider the role of Cork senior manager again.  However, for the advancemement of Cork GAA, we need to get Donal O'Grady back.  
In some capacity.
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