Johnny Magee has announced today he is to step down as manager of the Wicklow senior football team.
He was added to the Wicklow senior football management team by Harry Murphy in October 2013 and took the role as Bainisteoir when Murphy departed in October 2014.
One of Johnny’s goals was to leave Wicklow with structures in place to improve things going forward. He has overseen a massive transformation in the personnel in his squad over the past three years with many players inter county careers ending after years of dedicated service to the Wicklow jersey. The squad now has a very young average age and this can only be of benefit to Wicklow going forward.
While league results have not been what Johnny or Wicklow followers wanted the performances he has been able to get from his teams in championship has shown that there is talent aplenty in Wicklow when the correct preparations and application has been overseen. The fitness levels of the Wicklow players is now on a par with many other inter county squads.
His involvement with the Under 21 and junior football teams has also seen many young players get the opportunity to represent Wicklow and many of these players will now hope for selection in the senior squad.
While many have been critical of Wicklow football and the results only those closest to the team will fully know and appreciate the amount of time and effort Magee has put in over the past four years in his determination to improve many aspects of Wicklow GAA.
As a player the kilmacud Crokes club man man captained his club to All-Ireland club success in 2009 when they defeated Crossmaglen Rangers in the final. He also won three Leinster club titles with Kilmacud. A decade of service with Dublin senior footballers brought two Leinster titles and a reputation as a tough, loyal and uncompromising competitor and a leader of men who could command respect. These are attributes which he has brought with him in his management style.
Magee has said today ” After three years as Wicklow senior football manager I have decided to step down. I would like to thank all the players for their time and effort and would like to wish them the very best of luck in the future with both their football and personal lives. I would also like to thank those who have been part of my management team in that time and all who have assisted us in our efforts to improve Wicklow football. I would also like to thank Martin Coleman and the county board for their support”
Wicklow GAA chairman Martin Coleman thanked Johnny Magee for what he has done for Wicklow football since his arrival in 2013 and wished him and his family well for the future. The chairman also acknowledged the work Magee done behind the scenes to improve structures and believes that the foundations Johnny has put in place will bear fruit sooner rather than later. He said ” Johnny deserves a huge amount of gratitude for his efforts from all in Wicklow GAA and his appetite for hard work and a challenge wont see him out of the game for long”.