The news is emerging that Kildare man Davy Burke is to be ratified as Wicklow Senior Football Manager at tomorrow nights special county board meeting.
The young Kildare coach is perhaps one of the youngest men to take the reins of the Wicklow Senior Team at the age of 31. He follows in the footsteps of Kerry man John Evans and he is widely regarded as one of the most promising young coaches in the game and his C.V only serves to back up that line of thought and Kildare U20’s All Ireland Victory under his stewardship is extremely impressive.
We spoke with one of our favourite Kildare GAA men Richard over at Kildare GAA 365 who is an endless encyclopaedia of GAA knowledge and he gave us a good insight into Davy and the impressive career he has forged to date.
His playing career ended aged 15 (cruciate). He managed Confey in 2016 and 2017 taking them to a first ever senior league division one title and reached the senior championship semi final for the first time. He was appointed Kildare u-20 manager in November 2017 and took them to the county’s first All Ireland at any grade for 53 years the following summer beating Dublin (Leinster Final) and Jack O’Connor’s Kerry before beating Mayo in the final. His teams were defensively strong but put up good scoring tallies as well. He is ambitious and he stood down from the role after that win citing disagreements with the county board. Rumour was he was offered a role on Cian O’Neill’s management team but felt he deserved the main job. He went to Sarsfields instead and is seen to be doing a decent job there. They beat county champions and town rivals Moorefield in the group stages of the SFC and are through to the semi finals where they play Celbridge in 2 weeks. In Kildare the appointment of Moorefield’s manager Ross Glavin alongside Jack O’Connor could be seen as laying out a succession plan that blocks Burke’s path to the senior job so a move to Wicklow makes perfect sense. Keeps him in the spotlight while enhancing his experience at county level.
It is a truly exciting prospect and we look forward to seeing what Davy brings to the Wicklow set up with many young Minor and U20 players soon to be breaking into the Senior side so a youthful Manager with a proven track record with underage teams could be the perfect fit for the Garden County going forward.