Leitrim must look to the future

Former Leitrm manager Sean Hagan chats with County Board Chairman Joe Flynn with his selectors Christy Carroll and Pat McWeeney after the All-Ireland Qualifier in Pairc Esler Newry. Photo by Willie Donnellan
Leitrim should look to the 2014 Minor team and build for the future according to former Senior team manager Sean Hagan who resigned from the post last Friday.

Leitrim should look to the 2014 Minor team and build for the future according to former Senior team manager Sean Hagan who resigned from the post last Friday.

Speaking to the Observer, Sean thanked the current squad for their efforts but feels that Leitrim should concentrate on rebuilding for the future - “I want to compliment all the players for their commitment and hard work and although I don’t like to single out players, we had a fantastic leader in the pack in Emlyn Mulligan.

“We had a fantastic bunch of lads but the six week wait between games was a huge factor and unfortunately, some of the lads didn’t have the heart for the battle.

“I would urge the County Board to concentrate on the young lads coming through, build on the Minor team who won Connacht Minor League. Those lads are used to winning things and I think Leitrim should build for the future, they won’t have any fear of anyone.”

With a number of players leaving the panel after the Roscommon game, Sean also questioned the lack of inner belief in the Leitrim camp when it comes to the qualifiers an - “It was frustrating what happened with players leaving after the Roscommon game but the guys inner belief was not there for the Qualifiers.

“There is a mentality there about the Qualifiers but I didn’t realise it was so deeply ingrained.

“One area I would like to see improve is the area of physical strength. Towards the latter end of the championship, it was obvious that we weren’t up there with the required physical strength against the likes of Roscommon and that is something I would stress, improved physical strength,” said Sean.