Tyrone’s tyros are simply a joy to coach, says Feargal Logan

They train and play with a smile on their faces and a bounce in their step, and to Tyrone U21 boss Feargal Logan, they’re a manager’s dream.

Tyrone’s tyros are simply a joy to coach, says Feargal Logan

Motivation is the least of Logan’s concerns as he counts down the days towards Saturday’s All-Ireland final against Tipperary.

Tactical tweaks and a few minor knocks and strains are the only real issues.

Attitude, desire, confidence? No problem, those are a given, and will look after themselves on the day.

“They’re a self-motivated group, and when you get that self-motivation, and you’re not dragging them along night after night, then it’s wonderful what can happen,” said Logan.

“These boys are motivated from within, and they have a fair amount of skill, some class, so it takes the mix of it all to get the ingredients for a successful team.

“But we need it all to mix in very nicely for another big day and if we can do that, then we’re in with a good chance.

“There’s no guarantees here, but we’ll hope and trust that the focus remains good, and we’ll give it our best shot.”

And should there be any need for a some extra encouragement during a sticky spell at Parnell Park, then a glance towards the sideline will present them with the inspirational images of Peter Canavan and Brian Dooher.

“We have people like Brian and Peter. As one of the players said, when you have Brian Dooher bringing on water to you, if that doesn’t get you motivated around Tyrone football, then you haven’t been around Tyrone football.”

Logan admits himself to being somewhat overawed by the presence of two All-Ireland winning captains in his management team, despite the fact that he was once their Tyrone team-mate.

Having won virtually every honour in the game, the pair could easily have walked away and basked in legendary status, but instead they have chosen to throw their lot in with the task of renewing Tyrone’s standing as a footballing force.

“Playing with them was a brilliant experience, and the fact that they’re prepared to put their reputations on the line and get stuck in for Tyrone football shows you the calibre of them, the leadership and commitment they have to the Tyrone cause. You couldn’t but be full of admiration for both of them.

“And they’re complemented genuinely by another group of people who get no kudos and no real thanks, but are working their socks off for Tyrone football.”

A big, strong Tipperary team will present the most physical challenge Tyrone have had to deal with this season.

And Logan, having had a good look at them, has established that they have talent in spades to go with the power.

“They’re a force to be reckoned with, a lot of big, quality footballers and a lot of skill. They’re blessed with some very big, athletic and good footballers, so there’s a different challenge in it, there’s a physical challenge.

“We’re just going to have to keep our focus, keep our intensity and see where that gets us.

“And the fact that they have put Cork and Dublin out shows that we’re in with a real genuine team that’s going to need a lot of preparation and focus on.”

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