'You need a strategist'- Joe Brolly warns against a big name appointment to Kildare hotseat

Gone are the days of a big name manager that has considerable success behind him coming into a job and lifting the spirits of a side to such an extent that they achieve much more success than they enjoyed previously. Nowadays management is more about the man in the shadows, the man who determines what way the side will set up and, ultimately, how they play. There has been plenty of names thrown around since Jason Ryan left his post as Kildare senior football manager three weeks ago. They range from serial silverware winners like Jack O'Connor and James Horan to former players such as Dermot Earley and Anthony Rainbow, while former Longford and Kildare U21 manager Glenn Ryan remains the firm favourite for the job among the bookies. Speaking to Kildare Now, RTÉ GAA pundit Brolly insisted that it is not merely a case of having a well known successful manager in place, it's all about the new manager's football brain. "Nowadays a manager's job is all about strategy. All coaches are professional. If you look at Mayo's management team, they had no strategy against Dublin. That's why they lost," he said. Brolly doesn't question the talent and physical conditioning of this Kildare side, but feels they are lacking proper game management. Referencing the Donegal performance in the 2012 All-Ireland final under Jim McGuinness, Brolly said; "That's what a team like Kildare needs. They're athleticism is not in doubt, their fitness is good. They just don't know how to win a game.
"Kildare do not know at all how to hold a lead, they have no strategy for holding a lead, and they don't know when to do that."
There are numerous instances of coaches arriving into backroom teams and helping to turn the team's fortunes around with their new methods. Cian O'Neill was fantastic for Mayo, before continuing his good work in Kerry. Donie Buckley has been similarly successful in implementing high intensity tackling to Mayo's game over the past three seasons, but Brolly points to Tyrone as one of the best examples of the influence a good coach can have. "If you look at it, Tyrone are a very good example. Peter Donnelly was brought in as the assistant coach, the man who helped Cavan to four U21 Ulster titles in a row. He wasn't the manager of those teams, but he was the strategist. After the Donegal match Mickey Harte gave him free reign on strategy and coaching, and you could see the massive difference in Tyrone. You can take it from me, Peter Donnelly knows what he's doing." "If Kildare had their wits about them, and they could coax in somebody like Peter Donnelly, then they would be in business," said Brolly. The Kildare county board will meet this month and will reportedly set up a committee that will determine who the next Lilywhites manager is going to be.

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