Opening Shot: The rules, they are a changin’

BEFORE Christmas I got a sneak preview of some comparative statistical work being done by the writer of the Don’t Foul blog. It looks back over the past four years and shows both a game in transition and a game which remains remarkably consistent.

Steven Poacher: What to look out for in a coach

IN THE past few weeks we have heard of plenty of club managerial appointments around the province. We have even seen some clubs advertise in national newspapers looking for that elusive manager/coach for 2014.

John Morrison: How to dole out discipline

Kevin Cassidy was dealt with firmly by manager Jim McGuinness. In his career Alex Ferguson was equally decisive in the disciplining of Jaap Stam, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane and David Beckham.

Poacher: Make conditioning game-specific

The conditioning levels of inter-county players are now at the highest the sport has ever seen. At club level the same high standards are expected down through the ranks of senior, intermediate and junior football, maybe not to the same ultra professional level of county teams, but certainly more advanced than ever.