"Exceptional" Tally one of the best out there - Hughes

May 25, 2023

Kerry coach Paddy Tally lifts the Sam Maguire Cup ©INPHO/James Crombie

Former Tyrone midfielder Kevin Hughes describes coach Paddy Tally as “one of the best” out there.

Tally was an integral part of Mickey Harte’s backroom team when the Red Hands landed their maiden All-Ireland SFC title two decades ago with victory over Armagh at Croke Park, and was key in Kerry’s backroom last year as the Kingdom overcame Galway to land the Sam Maguire Cup.

Speaking on BBC GAA Social podcast, Hughes hailed Tally as a “humble person” whom knows his business exceptionally well.

“(He is) exceptional - one of the best,” he said. “He is a very humble person. He goes about his business - he knows his business exceptionally well.

“Before that All-Ireland (in 2003), he knew when to train us full tilt, high intensity and he knew when to taper it back a bit leading up to games and there was never a question of us training too hard or not enough. He just knew.

“I would have a very good word on Paddy - his relationship with the players was first class.

“Because he had played for Tyrone and been there before, there was full trust in him.”

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