Seamus McEnaney hopes technological improvements dont leave him stuck in the past

The Wexford manager last managed a county team in 2012

BY Daniel Kelly 10:12 Wednesday 4 January 2017, 10:12 4 Jan 2017

Seamus McEnaney Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Seamus McEnaney's return to inter-county management was one of the most surprising returns in the GAA world in 2016.

'Banty' was ratified as Wexford's manager in October, replacing David Power. The Monaghan native had previously managed his home county, and was the first man from outside Meath to take charge of the seven-time All-Ireland champions.

McEnaney's time in charge of Meath ended in 2012, and he spent four Championship cycles away from the game. During that time the Carrickmacross native worked with the Monaghan ladies team, along with Ulster's interprovincial side.

In an interview with GAA.ie, McEnaney says he's getting used to the technological improvements that have been made in the game, since he left Meath.

"The technology part is different... I haven't been involved at inter-county level now for four years and it is amazing how certain things have changed, especially scientifically."

"I think there is a huge difference in the science of how the game has gone. Things like video analysis, GPS systems, loading and systems."

“All the science behind injury prevention and rehabilitation. It has come on an awful lot, but the basics of the game haven't changed. The systems within the game can change if you change them yourself, but scientifically wise it has come on leaps and bounds. I would say that GAA teams are on a par with Premier League teams.

One of McEnaney's first tasks is to try and gain promotion from Division Four. The team were relegated at the end of the 2015 League to the bottom-tier and narrowly failed to gain promotion last year.

"[Wexford] are there for a reason and the reason is they haven't been good enough for the last couple of years. Yes, I certainly see that they are a team that I'd like to think that I would be able to improve. That is where the enjoyment comes for me."

McEnaney is ready to return to the pressure pot of inter-county management after his spell away. That starts with a game at home to UCD in Gorey on Sunday in the Walsh Cup. 

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