Micko knew what he was doing
WITH reference to the letter ‘Footballers lifted our spirits’, published on August 19, I would like to take Mr. Heffernan to task on his comments regarding the management of the Wicklow senior team.
While I do agree wholeheartedly with him on almost everything else he said, I must disagree with his criticism of the management team.
Last year, Wicklow, for the first time in their history, got past the first round of the championship; this year, they got to the final twelve teams in the country.
These successes were thanks, in no small part, to the management, and to Mick O’Dwyer in particular.
As Mr. Heffernan, who is entitled to his opinion, is no doubt aware, there were probably over ten thousand diverse Wicklow opinions on team selection, tactics and substitutions at the game in Portlaoise, and many thousands more at home, but only really one opinion that mattered, and one man entrusted and best qualified to make those tough decisions.
That man was Mick O’Dwyer, and, together with his highly skilled and trusted management team, those decisions were made, at all times with the aim of planning a Wicklow victory.
Of course the players are entitled to a huge amount of credit for the excitement and hope they gave to the entire county and for the skill and determination with which they played, however I think it is fair to say that, but for Mick O’Dwyer and his management team, there is every possibility that