GAA Football

Down needs to modernise its ideas: Poacher

Carlow coach Steven Poacher.

CARLOW assistant Steven Poacher says that he would give the manager’s job in his native Down consideration if he’s approached – but warned that no matter who gets it, the county needs to modernise its ideas.

The former Newry Mitchel’s player and current Ballyholland Harps manager has been linked with a possible ticket alongside Harps clubman and former Down minor manager, Shane Mulholland.

Poacher says that no contact has yet been made from either side, but while he will review his current position in Carlow after this weekend when he travels down to meet up with manager Turlough O’Brien and the players, the lure of his home county is naturally strong.

“You’re a Down man and somebody approached you, you’d have to give it consideration. You don’t get too many opportunities to manage your own county.

“Turlough would respect that, he knows how proud and passionate a Down man I am, having spent 10 years working with the county at all levels bar senior from 2006 to 2016, there’s probably not a player in the county I don’t know.

“As far as I’m concerned for now, I’m with Carlow and that won’t change until I hear otherwise. Ballyholland are the priority now in the championship.”

The Mourne county hasn’t won an Ulster championship since their last All-Ireland winning year of 1994, and will start life next year in Division Three of the Allianz League.

Poacher believes that, regardless of who the new manager is at the end of the process, the county must brings its approach towards inter-county football into the 21st century if they are to progress.

“The game’s moved on and it’s important that, whatever happens in my own county, the powers-that-be realise the game has moved on, and realise that it is time to start evolving and changing.

“If we don’t, we’re going to be left still talking about ’91 and ’94 in another 20 years.”

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