The various speakers at the Club Deise, Waterford City and Metropolitan launch night in the Granville Hotel were, former Waterford greats, John Mullane, Tony Browne and Michael Walsh, Waterford Co. Board chairman, Sean Michael O’Regan, Waterford senior hurling manager, Liam Cahill, Waterford senior camogie captain, Niamh Rockett, Waterford senior football captain, Conor Murray and Ciarán Curran, Waterford Ladies Football manager. Photos: Noel Browne.
The large crowd in the Tapestry Room at the Granville Hotel hung on Liam Cahill’s every word last Thursday night at the Club Déise City and Metropolitan Launch.
He told the Waterford supporters present that the team will leave it all out there while he is in charge. “Every day that Waterford take the field under my watch they will die in their boots and if they don’t, I’ll find players somewhere that will die in their boots.”
‘I TRUST MY EYES’
MC Kieran O’Connor quizzed Cahill on his approach to inter county management. Stats? “I trust my eyes and what I see. A great friend of mine told me one time ‘your eyes don’t lie’. Once my eyes stay working, I’ll use the stats to confirm what I’m seeing.”
Sports psychology? “I think once you have good eye contact with a fella at training, that’s a lot to do with it. When you have honesty across the line between management and players and every player is fully aware of where he stands within your set-up, I think that puts fellas in a good head space.”
Cahill keeps injured players away from the training ground. “If you can’t train, there’s no point in being there. There’s enough lads licking plates after training!”
He also reflected on his decision to leave out Noel Connors and Maurice Shanahan from the Waterford panel over the winter. “I had no allegiance to any player. I didn’t know any of the Waterford players, I never met them in my life. It was that little bit easier for me to come in and assess things from afar. That’s what I did. The decisions I made and the assessments I made were based on the years previous. I had a vision in my head around what kind of panel and personnel I needed to bring with me to make things better.”
Déise All Stars Tony Browne, John Mullane and Michael Walsh then took the stage.
Browne liked what he heard from Cahill. “He keeps it very simple. He’s a guy that knows what he wants from players and what he expects from players. With Liam and his management team, character, buy in and work rate are non-negotiable and the players are well aware of that.”
Brick has no regrets about calling it a day. “Not at all. The time comes for everyone.”
Mullane thinks that Cahill has shaken up the squad this season. “I thought from the outside looking in that there was an air of cosiness starting to develop into the team. I think he has an awful lot of players on their toes. No player has a divine right to have a jersey.”
He saw at first-hand how the new management team operate. “The Friday after New Year’s Day I was hanging around the house and I said I’d go out and watch the training. I was blown away by the training with Mikey Bevans.”
Waterford are emptying the tank every time they take the field. “What’s a given, when you put on that Waterford jersey, you have to give a hundred per cent and I think he’s re-instilled that back into the team.”
All four codes were represented on the night with ladies boss Ciaran Curran, football skipper Conor Murray and camogie captain Niamh Rockett in attendance.
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