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11 signs Tony Soprano would have made a great GAA manager

Woke up this morning, got myself a ban from the CCCC.

First published last month; RIP James Gandolfni.

HE MANAGED A large panel of quick spiky characters, showed keen tactical awareness for several eventful seasons and ultimately got results. He think Tony Soprano would have looked good in a bainisteoir bib. Here’s why:

11. His natural enthusiasm on the sideline is infectious

10. He’ll hunt you down if you miss training

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9. His management style can be quite hands-on

As befits the modern game these days.

8. And he’s not averse to hopping a hurley off the dressing-room table at half-time

7. He’s not impressed with the media

‘Were they watching the game at all?’

6. He’s got a few handy lads on the line with him

(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Every successful manager has a couple of ‘brought in’ to the backroom team. Ger Loughnane had Tony Considine; Big T has Paulie Walnuts.

5. He’s a big thinker on the game

‘How are we gonna get through that blanket defence?’

4. He has a few tactical switches up his sleeve

3. He fancies himself in the club’s golf classic every year

2. He finds the day after a county final defeat HARD

1. But a win over the Bally boys is heaven

Images via Tony Soprano Tumblr

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