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Mac Back??

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Great to see the great Gary McDonald back involved with mayo,albeit in an advisory role. Surely he could do a job for us on a player / coach role? We lack teak tough players these days and he might be an addition

Outsidedaleft (Mayo) - Posts: 1 - 08/12/2019 22:23:38    2253870

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Replying To Outsidedaleft:  "Great to see the great Gary McDonald back involved with mayo,albeit in an advisory role. Surely he could do a job for us on a player / coach role? We lack teak tough players these days and he might be an addition"
Its great to see him back alright. I think he could possibly give us twenty minutes at the end of a game as I think he turned 36 last year, so he is moving on. Be great to see him and Andy back together in the green and red. Maigheo Abu

Mitchellsboi (Mayo) - Posts: 35 - 10/12/2019 10:39:47    2254064

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he could do a great job with the younger players like Carr and McDonagh , Boylan and O Donaghue and others. Some great forwards coming on line in Mayo and Mac could make them great if he is given a free hand to coach them

culmore (None) - Posts: 1393 - 10/12/2019 10:44:07    2254066

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Replying To Outsidedaleft:  "Great to see the great Gary McDonald back involved with mayo,albeit in an advisory role. Surely he could do a job for us on a player / coach role? We lack teak tough players these days and he might be an addition"
'Gary' haha thats not even close to Ciaran..
Great to have him in there, instil some toughness and he wouldnt be letting players run the show

tommy132 (Mayo) - Posts: 381 - 10/12/2019 13:40:31    2254098

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What type of player you were seems to have little bearing on whether you'll be a good coach or not, but definitely Ciaran will have an advantage in terms of not having to work to get the ear of the players. What he has to say and what they'll learn from it will determine his success or otherwise. In his later years as a player Ciaran often ended up holding onto the ball waiting to pick a pass and this slowed down Mayo's attack. Ironically (and maybe he was ahead of his time) the possession game is where things have gone during the last decade, so maybe he's a better fit tactically where the greater sin seems to be losing the ball rather than not getting a shot off. With Andy now gone and the advent of the forward mark we'll need to find something different up front (and probably in the full back line too). Hopefully Mac can work out what this needs to be.

Pericles (Mayo) - Posts: 2068 - 12/12/2019 13:30:08    2254431

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Replying To Outsidedaleft:  "Great to see the great Gary McDonald back involved with mayo,albeit in an advisory role. Surely he could do a job for us on a player / coach role? We lack teak tough players these days and he might be an addition"
Is it not Ciaran McDonald? Now he was some forward and ye could do with him now that Moran has retired.

Johnnyprophet (Galway) - Posts: 14 - 26/12/2019 19:44:25    2256179

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Replying To Pericles:  "What type of player you were seems to have little bearing on whether you'll be a good coach or not, but definitely Ciaran will have an advantage in terms of not having to work to get the ear of the players. What he has to say and what they'll learn from it will determine his success or otherwise. In his later years as a player Ciaran often ended up holding onto the ball waiting to pick a pass and this slowed down Mayo's attack. Ironically (and maybe he was ahead of his time) the possession game is where things have gone during the last decade, so maybe he's a better fit tactically where the greater sin seems to be losing the ball rather than not getting a shot off. With Andy now gone and the advent of the forward mark we'll need to find something different up front (and probably in the full back line too). Hopefully Mac can work out what this needs to be."
To be fair to Mac him holding onto the ball was a result of the players around him. He carried an average enough team in 04 and 06. If there was a serious inside line he wouldn't have been controlling the play as much as he did. I get your point though and at times it could be frustrating when the ball was given to him for the sake of it at times.

TheFlaker (Mayo) - Posts: 6567 - 06/01/2020 11:47:04    2257707

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Replying To TheFlaker:  "To be fair to Mac him holding onto the ball was a result of the players around him. He carried an average enough team in 04 and 06. If there was a serious inside line he wouldn't have been controlling the play as much as he did. I get your point though and at times it could be frustrating when the ball was given to him for the sake of it at times."
I don't disagree with that Flaker and I recall many times where Ciaran would be given pass out beyond the 45 by a team mate who was literally a few yards away from him, rather than that same player kicking it himself into someone in the inside line. By the time Mac got the ball the pass wasn't on anymore. KW's Galway were frequently doing the same thing, though for more systematic reasons.

Pericles (Mayo) - Posts: 2068 - 06/01/2020 14:08:36    2257751

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