It’s always refreshing to listen to a manager that has confidence in both himself and his team when they conduct an interview in the media. Ahead of Longford’s opening game in the ladies national football league tomorrow against Antrim you can sense the confidence in the voice of Longford’s new manager James Daly.
The former Armagh boss will start his term as Longford head coach in Belfast tomorrow when Longford and Antrim met in the opening round of the Division four schedule.
The two teams will be no strangers to each other as Sunday’s game will also a repeat of the 2016 All Ireland junior Football final. While Longford will be looking to build on that success, the flip side is that the Croke Park defeat will also act as a source of motivation for the Saffron ladies.
The refreshing thing about Daly is that he is making no secret of his ambitions for 2017. When it comes to the league he demands promotion at all costs. Without sounding arrogant in any way it’s clear that Daly has already seen enough in his time in charge of the Leinster outfit to give him the confidence to predict that they will reach the Division four semi-finals and have a right cut at winning the fourth division outright.
Even though Longford were successful in the Championship last year, Daly has brought in some new faces to add strength to the squad for the new season. The manager is also excited with what the new kids on the block are bringing to the party and he hopes to further strength the extend panel later in the year.
During the interview which will be aired on the Saturday sports Show, Daly confirmed that discussions are still ongoing with a number of other players that are contemplating returning to the County fold.
Longford have played four challenge matches so far and the manager is targeting teams from higher divisions for these league preparation matches in order to prepare his side for the knockout stages of the league.
As for tomorrow’s game with Antrim, Daly is experienced enough and well versed in Ulster ladies football to know the Antrim girls will provide a stiff test. H
Daly is still backing his side to win the points on offer and start a serious bid to secure promotion from Division four of the National league, an achievement he sees as necessary in order for this team to develop.
Take a listen to the full interview between James Daly