Monday 24 June 2019

Davey is hopeful that boss Bohan will remain with the Jackies

WINNER: Lyndsey Davey. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
WINNER: Lyndsey Davey. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Lyndsey Davey remains optimistic that the prospect of winning a third All-Ireland title in-a-row will be enough to keep Mick Bohan as manager of the Dublin ladies footballers, although she admits that it is inevitable now that he gets offers from elsewhere.

Bohan is understood to have been identified by the Roscommon County Board as a candidate to replace Kevin McStay after his stellar work in landing the past two Brendan Martin Cups.

Previously, he has trained both the Clare footballers and Dublin's men's teams as well as overseeing the coaching behind two victorious Sigersup Cup winning sides in DCU.

"I have no doubt that there will be a lot of people approaching him for different jobs," says Davey, one of the stars of this year's All-Ireland final victory over Cork.

"But I have no doubt that the three-in-a-row will definitely be something on his mind that he would like to achieve.

JOY: Dublin’s Lyndsey Davey with the Brendan Martin Cup. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
JOY: Dublin’s Lyndsey Davey with the Brendan Martin Cup. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

"I think there will be no intentions of letting him go I would say, the county board will definitely be trying to get him to stay on," adds the Skerries Harps player.

"And hopefully that's what he wants as well. I'm sure he has a lot of great bonds with the team and you want to win what you can when you can.

"Hopefully the three in-a-row is something he will be looking to drive towards.

"It will all be depending on who comes chasing after him and I'm sure he has big decisions to make as well, but hopefully he will stick with Dublin."

Davey has been playing for Dublin since 2004, when she made her senior debut as a 14 year-old and she says the trauma of losing three successive finals to Cork between 2014 and '16 forced her to consider her involvement.

Then, she explains, Bohan was appointed and her doubts were quelled. "After the third defeat, girls had to do a lot of looking at themselves and asking 'what are we doing wrong here'?" she recalls.

"It is very disheartening to come back year after year and still get the same outcome.

"I know for myself, I definitely questioned whether I could come back and do I again.

"But when I heard Mick was coming on board I was like 'yeah, signed up'.

"Because I knew what he brought to the team when he was manager in 2003.


"And then the stuff he has done with Dublin, DCU even the Clare footballers - he has a massive reputation.

"And when you have someone coming in with fresh eyes, that's going to look at things differently, it's exciting.

"You want to go at it again.

"Mick definitely has a way with words and some of the girls who were doubting whether to come back or not, he probably convinced them.

"So once everyone came back on board, we were like, 'once we all commit to this together as a group…' and the performances show that."

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