DERRY City have sought the services of Gaelic football’s managerial legend, Mickey Harte, to help inspire the Brandywell side as they continue to make progress in the Airtricity League Premier Division.
ARTHUR DUFFY reports
In fact, the highly respected Tyrone boss gave a hugely impressive talk to the Brandywell club’s playing staff last Wednesday night in the Everglades Hotel, team boss Declan Devine opting to add a new approach to the club’s training sessions.
And with Harte having led the ‘Red Hands’ to three All-Ireland titles, not to mention the highly dignified way he conducted himself when dealing with the tragedy of the death of his only daughter, Michaela McAreavey, last year in Mauritius, the 60-year-old proved a tremendous hit with the Derry playing staff.
Twenty-four hours after defeating Linfield in the Setanta Sports Cup, Devine was keen to introduce new changes to the club’s weekly training sessions.
“I’ve heard Mickey Harte speak in the past and I was delighted that when contacted, he accepted our invitation to speak with the playing and coaching staff. I think the players found it a fantastic experience. Mickey gave a very inspiring talk, telling them exactly what’s needed when a team is seeking success,” said Devine.
“It was really interesting to listen to his beliefs and he was absolutely brilliant. Clearly a great motivator, I think our players were taken aback and Mickey proved to be highly influential. I think it was a very worthwhile exercise and our players appreciated the session.
Meanwhile, Cork City will arrive at Brandywell tonight for what’s expected to be another high profile clash and Devine insisted that his players would be fully focused on this evening’s fixture. (7.45 p.m.)
“The Linfield match has now been put to bed, so it’s upwards and onwards and a tough game against Cork City,” continued Declan.
“Our priority is to continue winning our matches and a victory on Friday night would signal a superb week for us and it would put our disappointing defeat by Shelbourne to the back of our minds,” he added.
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