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TAKE YOUR POINTS – Training has reached saturation point says former Armagh coach

JOHN McCloskey, the former Armagh coach, who worked with Joe Kernan’s teams of the 2000s has said that the levels of coaching and training in the GAA have reached saturation point.

He made his comments on the most recent episode of Gaelic Life’s chat show Take Your Points which will be broadcast this weekend.

McCloskey joined the show to discuss the All-Ireland semi-final between Dublin and Mayo which the latter side won thanks to a determined and battling display. McCloskey’s coaching career came to prominence within the GAA when he helped bring new standards of coaching and fitness to the Armagh squad in the noughties. So he was in a good position to give an opinion of how Mayo and Dublin have moved those standards on.
He did say that the levels of coaching and training within the Association cannot increase any more without the compettion going professional, which he didn’t think could happen.

McCloskey also talked about the structures of the GAA championship and how he thinks they need to develop for the betterment of the games. He also gave his opinion on the situation with the Tyrone county team and how they have been affected by Covid-19. Former Tyrone player Connor McAliskey also joins the show to give his opinion on the issue as well.
Watch the show now via YouTube.

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