Offaly role will be based around one-to-one support, says Maher

October 06, 2022

Tipperary's Brendan Maher ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Former Tipperary captain Brendan Maher says his new role as Offaly senior hurling performance coach will be about trying to get the best out of the players as individuals and collectively.

Offaly announced Johnny Kelly as its new hurling supremo last month and the Portumna native has now brought Maher on board his backroom team.

Kelly managed the former Tipp skipper during his stint with Borris-Ileigh and, speaking on the RTE GAA podcast, Maher says he has “a really good relationship” with the new Faithful County boss.

"A role like this is appealing because it doesn’t require you to be there on the pitch every night. So in terms of the time commitment, it’s more flexible," said the two-time All-Ireland winner.

"A lot of my role will be around one-to-one support, which will be done over phone calls, virtually and whatnot.

"Obviously you will have some team stuff and I will be making as many trainings as I can, to observe the group and interact with the lads.

"Johnny Kelly being manager, I have a really good relationship with him. He was with Borris-Ileigh for five years and his head coach is my older brother Martin.

"I would have done a bit of this stuff with Johnny in the club."

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