DECLAN McCOY: Running the rules


BEFORE I get into this week’s article, I wish to take this opportunity to thank the Armagh players and management for an amazing year. Croke Park was up there with anything I’ve witnessed and my three young children, Ethan, Cian and Odhrán, have had a brilliant first year following the Orchard men. On to the […]


DECLAN McCOY: WIN OR LEARN


WHEN you are involved in Gaelic football, or any sport for that matter, you have to contend with the fact that losing comes with the territory. This can be a difficult concept as nobody plans to lose. Hours, months and years are dedicated to winning. However, once you find that balance of not accepting defeat […]


DECLAN McCOY: Build a squad, give youth a chance


I’M a great believer in getting young players into the senior team as early as possible. There are a few reasons for this approach, some by choice and others by necessity. When a manager is trying to build a team, they should really focus on building a squad. To demonstrate this point, if you are […]


DECLAN McCOY: Be moderate with sweeper-keeper experiment


WHEN we consider the fact that Gaelic football has been played for over 130 years, it is mind boggling that tactically it’s very much in its infancy. As recently as the mid-nineties it was standard to play 15 versus 15 and the best team usually won. Then us ‘Northerner’s were blamed for bringing in the […]


DECLAN MCCOY: Selection boxes, gutters and pre-seasonitus


ALL clubs should currently be well into the dreaded pre-season. Traditionally this has been the most despised part of the year for players for three reasons. One: they have spent the previous three weeks eating selection boxes for breakfast and washing it down with Coke and Pringles. Two: January means cold weather and gutters. Three: […]


DECLAN MCCOY: The incision of transition


THE modern-day Gaelic football team should place speed of transitions at the very top of their priority list. I’m sure my players are sick to death of me talking about speed of transitions and I’ve no doubt that it annoys them almost as much as my accent. When we think of some of the big […]