Former Cork hurling manager Donal O’Grady has confirmed that he will take charge of the Limerick senior hurling team.
Speaking to Jeaic Ó Muircheartaigh on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s An Saol ó Dheas programme O’Grady cautioned that no formal announcement has been made as yet as regards his appointment, pending a county board meeting later this week, but confirmed that he had agreed to take the job for one year.
He said that he would enjoy the challenge of getting the team back in Division 1 and he believed that the appointment committee wanted someone with experience to come in and to take the reins for a year.
The position would involve working on setting up structures and focusing on getting the basics right, such as logistics and training, and that the team would then be better equipped in a year’s time to move ahead.
O’Grady said that the Limerick team had talent and substance, but that perhaps they lacked some experience, and that his job was to help bring out their full potential.
He said that a team was like a pyramid, that the base had to be strong and that a lot carried on from that. He stated that these were the issues as he understood them from the appointment committee, but that he couldn’t be sure until he was in the job.
Asked about his aims, O’Grady said that it was not his style to set out with a list of matches and competitions that he wanted to win, that his intention was to create a situation that brought out the full potential of the team, and to take it from there.
The interview was broadcast on An Saol ó Dheas on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta Tuesday 21 September.