McGrath not ruling out return to inter-county management

August 22, 2019

Louth manager Pete McGrath.
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Former Louth boss Pete McGrath says he’ll be ready for another inter-county managerial post if and when the opportunity presents itself.

McGrath, who steered his native Down to their maiden All-Ireland crown 25 years ago, stepped down from his post in the Wee County last year after just a season in charge and, speaking to The Irish News, said he wouldn’t rule out a return to the inter-county scene in the future.

“To be successful in any job you have to be ambitious,” he said. “Okay, they talk about young, ambitious managers. Well, I think there is no problem being a middle-aged, ambitious manager because that’s what life’s about. If you take that away from yourself and you say ‘no, I’m definitely finished at that level,’ then you’re sucking that capacity out of yourself.

“It could happen. If it does happen, then I’ll be ready for it.”

He added: “I might be 66 years of age but I know that I would have the energy and the enthusiasm and the know-how for one more plug at inter-county senior football. I wouldn’t doubt that. Now, the opportunity may never come.

“Football is football. There is no doubt when you’re managing at the highest level there is a certain intensity, a certain edge to it and there are demands put on you that aren’t put on you when you’re managing at club level. But yet, I’m managing Rostrevor and I’m giving it all I possibly can and I know I’m leaving no stone unturned with them.”

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