Con O'Callaghan tips Mattie Kenny for success with Dublin hurlers
By John Harrington
Dublin footballer Con OCallaghan believes the Dublin hurlers are on to winner after appointing Mattie Kenny as team manager.
OCallaghan won two AIB All-Ireland club hurling titles under Kenny with his club Cuala, and is a big fan of the Galway native's professional approach.
I think hell do really well, said OCallaghan, who is currently part of the PwC All-Stars touring party to Philadelphia.
Pat Gilroy did a really good job, and he had the players and the countys backing.
But obviously he had to take a step back with work commitments. But Mattie has been an inter-county manager for our club for the last couple of years. He's had that set-up, the professional set-up, with us in the last couple of years.
And I think with the backroom team that hell bring in, and with the support of the Dublin county board, and I know all the players are going to give a huge commitmentthey could be really successful.
Theres obviously no guaranteed success, its still a massive challenge with the new format for the hurlers to compete, but hell definitely get a good system in place there.
In fairness the culture doesnt need changing, Gilroy did a really good job with that, but hell set up new systems, I'd say he knows the players really well from managing against them, so I think hell do a really good job.
Kenny would surely love to be able to add dual-star OCallaghan to his panel for 2019, but the 2017 Young Footballer of the Year says he has no plans to switch his focus from football to hurling at the highest level.
I havent considered it, said OCallaghan. Im really enjoying football and particularly with the club so successful, its not that Id no desire to play with the hurlers but Id had some success in hurling.
In the next couple of years I cant say that I wont but I see myself playing football hurling with the club but football for Dublin.
My Da played football and was a big influence on me. He wouldnt have told me what to do and Cian brother obviously went with the hurling but I always preferred football and was a better footballer under-age.
Obviously the success of the Dublin footballers was something that inspired you and something you wanted to be part of as well.