JAMES McCarthy believes his ‘fresh approach’ will help guide Castlehaven to football glory in 2016.
The former county senior football championship-winning manager is back in charge of Castlehaven’s senior team, taking over from Jim Nolan who led the club to the Cork SFC final this year where they lost to Nemo Rangers after a replay.
McCarthy was manager of the 2012 Castlehaven team that won the Cork SFC, and he was also involved in the club’s 2003 county senior football triumph. He came on board as a coach/selector with Jim Nolan earlier this year.
Speaking to The Southern Star about his decision to return to club management, McCarthy said: ‘There are new young lads coming through, we’ll bring a different approach to it and we’ll freshen it up. You need to change it up every year and we’ll do that with a fresh approach.’
The Carbery-Beara GDA had been expected to take over as coach of the Cork senior football team when Peadar Healy took the reins, but that move didn’t materialise, and he was approached by Castlehaven to get involved once more.
His management team includes Brendan Deasy, Denis Cahalane and Brian Collins.
McCarthy is already targeting a tasty derby clash in round one of the 2016 Cork SFC after Castlehaven were paired with rivals Clonakilty, who will also have a new man in charge next season – Paul Holland, of Argideen Rangers, who was involved in the Cork minor football setup.
‘Obviously we’ll be targeting the local draw with Clon and the new format means that being seeded for the quarter-finals is a big aim for us,’ McCarthy said.
‘The long-term aim is to get back to where we were and that’s the goal of all teams at the start of a season – to get to a county final and win it.’