Micko knew what he was do­ing

Bray People - - BRAY PEOPLE -

Dear Ed­i­tor,

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

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