Cuala boss Kenny leading by example
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.