"He's been there and done it, knows what it takes at the highest level to win"

November 17, 2022

Micheal Donoghue during his time in charge of Galway ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

Dublin hurling star Eoghan O’Donnell says the mood in the camp has been “hugely positive” since Micheál Donoghue has taken over as team manager.

The 2017 All-Ireland winning boss took the reins in the capital in August, succeeding Mattie Kenny in the role following the latter’s departure after four seasons in charge.

O’Donnell, who lined-out with Dublin’s footballers this past summer following the hurlers championship exit, says he’s excited by what Donoghue brings to the table. 

"He's been there and done it, knows what it takes at the highest level to win and that's what we need in Dublin hurling," he told RTE Sport.

"It's hugely positive. He has a great backroom team coming in (Francis Forde and Noel Larkin from Galway; Shane O'Brien from the Cuala club). We will hopefully learn from him and then thrive in the system and the culture that he sets up in Dublin. Individual programmes have been handed out, Micheál is setting out his stall early.

"He's quite a well-structured guy and has a good plan in place. We are working on our gym programmes at the moment to take advantage of this time period and then join as a group later in the month to work on the fitness and the hurling side of things."

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