In the wake of last night’s announcement that James Horan will be leading us into 2014, Terry Reilly has a good piece with the boss in today’s Irish Examiner. In it, James has a fair bit to say, both about all the stuff that’s been swirling round in the aftermath of last month’s All-Ireland final but also about his plans for the coming year.
As regards all of the rumours and speculation, James has this to say:
Every rumour I heard was completely and utterly untrue. This was upsetting for both the players and management. Yet it has to be accepted for what it was — complete nonsense.
Those who have been happy to peddle rumours here on the site over the last few weeks would do well, I reckon, to reflect on the above statement. I’ll say no more on that and I’d advise others to follow suit.
In terms of preparing for next year, James confirms that they’re already a good bit down the road with their planning for 2014. According to the report, this will involve a review of the season just gone and a targeting of the areas that need to be improved in the coming year. There’ll also be some new faces coming in on the playing side and, of course, the yawning gap left by James Nallen’s departure from the backroom team also has to be filled.
I know there’s still a palpable air of despair out there over our missing out on yet another chance to win an All-Ireland but it is nonetheless good to see that James is so enthused about the challenges that await in the the year ahead. Terry’s piece concludes with this quote from James:
Right now, we just can’t wait to get cracking. It’s a pity the season is so far away because we can’t wait for it all to begin again.
Personally, I think it’s good that there’s a long enough gap until the serious stuff starts again but start it will and when it does there’ll be no point in continuing to mope about what might have been in the past. There’s no guarantee, of course, that 2014 will provide a happier ending for us than this year or last year did but it’s good all the same to see that James is, once more, up to the challenge of leading us into the battles that lie ahead.