Saturday evening’s qualifier defeat to Armagh brought an end to Mick O’Dwyer’s reign as Wicklow boss. The legendary Kerry manager spent five years with the Garden County and achieved a great deal during that period. The question now being asked by GAA fans throughout the country is, where next for Micko?
In the aftermath of the weekend defeat, O’Dwyer seemed adamant that he still had much to offer and had no plans to quit just yet: “It’s been enjoyable and great fun. They (Wicklow) played their hearts out and no more than that we can ask. What now? God only knows. I said it would be the last year. I made up my mind I was finished with Wicklow. It would be pretty hard to leave football, no doubt, I’m going to take a good rest and think about it and I’ll let ye know then. I’ve plenty of time and I can watch games now.
“Of course, you have to be a bit mad to be involved, and I am a bit mad and that’s the reason why I am in it and as long as the legs and the body will work for me, I’ll keep going, you never know.”
At the present time there are few managerial vacancies in Gaelic Football, but that will almost certainly change in the coming months and one or two big jobs may well present themselves to O’ Dwyer. Those under pressure at the current time include Kevin Walsh in Sligo, Seamus McEnaney in Meath and Tomas O’Flatharta in Galway.
It would not be a surprise if O’Dwyer fancied one last crack at the big time with a major football power and it would be a chance to crown what has already been a glorious career. In that respect, Galway must surely be the preferred destination of the Waterville man.
The Tribesmen have struggled in recent seasons but have always been one of the big players in Gaelic Football and O’Dwyer was full of praise for the county in his autobiography “Blessed and Obsessed”.
He remarked that he had always wanted to manage either Dublin or Galway and see what he could achieve. With a successful Under-21 side forming the backbone of a new panel, Galway could well present Micko with the perfect opportunity to end his career on the high note it deserves.
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