Mayo GAA legend Andy Moran has revealed why he accepted the role of manager of Leitrim. Moran, who currently manages Ballaghadeerreen alongside Mike Solan, who will be joining him at Leitrim, told Ocean FM that the spirit among the players inspired him to take the job. He takes over the reins from Terry Hyland.
“There was many different factors in taking the Leitrim job but I think most important one was the players. I think the enthusiasm has been there and the spirit of Leitrim has always been evident. So, it’s just tapping into that and trying to move the process forward. I’m chuffed and honoured to be part of such a great set-up and such a great county.”
This is Moran’s first foray into inter-county management. It is understood that he will begin working with the Leitrim senior team in the new year, allowing him and Solan to complete their commitments with Ballaghaderreen.
“I’m looking forward to getting started. I think the beauty of this project is that we’re going to be pushing on together and we’re going to be learning together. We’re going to make mistakes and we’re going do a lot of stuff that we’re going to learn from along the way. I think that’s the key thing for both the management team and the players.”
Moran is not the first Mayo man to manage Leitrim – John O’Mahony led the Wild Rose County to their last Connacht title win in 1994, famously defeating Mayo in that year’s final. Moran said he wants to use the energy levels and enthusiasm in Leitrim to give the team a competitive advantage.
“That’s the excitement of it and we went to use that as our advantage – the kind of youthful exuberance that we have both as a playing staff and a management team. I think that’s where we’re going to try to use that kind of enthusiasm and positivity as a competitive advantage.”