Lucan Sarsfields appointed a new senior football manager last Friday night when the club executive ratified Sean McCaffrey as the man to take the reins next year.
McCaffrey is a long-standing servant to the club, with over 30 years experience of managing teams at Lucan, including a five-year stint as senior hurling manager in the past. He is also the father of club hurlers Johnny and Matthew.
Speaking about his new job, McCaffrey said: “It is a challenge, no doubt,” he said. “It is probably a very big challenge, but with the new tactical management team headed by myself, we’ll give it everything we have and hopefully we will turn it around.”
As well as his own vast experience and loyalty to the club, McCaffrey will be joined by a number of former club players on his tactical team. Conor Breslin, Mick Kilduff and Alan Curtis have all played senior football for the club and will work alongside the new manager.
When asked if he believes bringing back those former players will be key in turning things round, McCaffrey said: “I think it is a critical ingredient. They’re great club people. The direction the club has gone for in recent years is to look for people from outside the club to serve the senior side, unfortunately that has not worked. What we have now though is a group of people totally committed to the club.”
Speaking about the goals he has set for his new team next year, McCaffrey said there were two main targets. “We first want to stabilise the team and finish as high up the table as possible in Division 2 next year. The other goal would be to stay in the Senior A Championship, those two will be what we will focus on.”
The new manager did not want to put too much pressure on his side when asked if he will be looking to go straight back up to Division 1.
He said: “Getting out of Division 2 is a lot easier said than done, there are a lot of good teams there, it is a tough ask to do it in your first year.”
One thing that the new manager will be demanding from his side is commitment, a word he uses frequently in our interview. “It is a word used fairly regularly,” he said. “But I expect and demand huge commitment from the players and if I get that from them then I can see everything else falling into place.”