Cuala boss Kenny lead­ing by ex­am­ple

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When the time comes for Mat­tie Kenny to leave Cuala, the club will know they had a good one. For a man­ager linked with the Dublin job, there was never any in­di­ca­tion that the prospect of tak­ing that role would dis­tract him from the role he held. Nei­ther was there an iota of ev­i­dence that it af­fected him when the Dublin County Board opted for Pat Gil­roy.

Sun­day’s de­fence of the Le­in­ster ti­tle would surely have been sat­is­fy­ing for him but there was never a chance he was go­ing to hi­jack it as some sort of told-you-so.

“I can’t say enough about the man­age­ment team, the ef­fort and the com­mit­ment they have to this and I can’t say enough about the play­ers,” Kenny said after­wards.

“They’re such a grounded, self-driven, am­bi­tious group of lads, and we’re very proud of them. They have given a very good per­for­mance again here to­day.”

Out­side man­agers are viewed so dimly but Kenny and Louis Mulqueen, who will face off in an All-ire­land semi-fi­nal on Fe­bru­ary 10, are proof that there are those who have the abil­ity to em­brace the cul­ture of the club they in­herit and ad­vance it. In­ter-county po­si­tions are surely not far away for ei­ther but for the time be­ing, their adopted clubs are reaping plenty from their pres­ence.

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