Bergin: Managers' inside knowledge irrelevant

May 16, 2007

Joe Bergin
Galway midfielder Joe Bergin expects rival managers Peter Ford and John O'Mahony to cancel each other out in Sunday's Connacht SFC clash at Pearse Stadium. Mayo boss O'Mahony famously led the Tribesmen to two All-Ireland titles in 1998 and 2001, while opposite number Ford is as familiar as anyone with Mayo, having played for them at full back in the 1989 All-Ireland final defeat to Cork. Their respective backgrounds makes for an intriguing sub-plot to Sunday's eagerly-awaited clash, but Bergin doesn't believe their extensive knowledge of the opposition will count for much. "I had four or five years under John O'Mahony and it's fair to say he'd know a lot of us inside out. He probably knows a lot of us as well as we know ourselves" the Mountbellew man said. "But the same can be said of Peter Ford, who is a Mayo man managing Galway. He'll know all the Mayo players and a lot of them personally. "Both managers will try and exploit weaknesses in the other team, but that may cancel each other out. The players know each other so well too that I'd expect it to just be a really tight game. "It's a bit clichéd, but I think it'll boil to hunger and who wants it most," he added.

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