New London manager named: Ciaran Deely
Former Wexford captain Ciaran Deely has been named as London’s new football manager.
Deely worked under former manager Paul Coggins as a trainer and selector for the 2015 season, and has also worked as a fitness coach with QPR football club, Dublin GAA and most recently Indian football team Kerala Blasters in the ISL.
The decision was ratified at Monday night’s County Board meeting, after the selection committee made their decision following Coggin’s resignation in September.
The Board issued the following statement: “London County Committee are delighted to have Ciaran Deely as the Senior County Manager for 2016. Ciaran brings a wealth of experience to the position. As a player he represented Wexford and Horeswood with distinction before moving to London and transferring to the Kingdom Kerry Gaels club who he won a Senior County Championship with in 2013. In 2015 he served as trainer and selector under Paul Coggins with the London team. The County Committee would like to wish Ciaran, his backroom team and the players all the best for the season ahead.”
Deely has been commended for his ability to adapt a more professional approach to training to GAA.
He recently told Sky Sports that the intense regime that Dublin are renowned for is not sustainable, and that football players should concentrate on skill as much as possible.
“The Gaelic players have less time to do everything. With London a lot of lads still have manual jobs and you can’t be asking them to lift heavy weights when they are up and down a ladder all day and have to be in the next morning to do the same thing,” he said.
“The basic principal is this: You are trying to get the players as fit as possible with as little fatigue.”