One of Alex Ferguson’s biggest fans plans to pay his own tribute to the Old Trafford legend — by steering his own side to the Ulster Minor Football Championship title.
Monaghan boss Frank Brady is a long-time admirer of the now retired Manchester United manager and continues to strive to model himself on the phenomenally successful Scot.
“I am happy to admit that I try to copy Fergie’s traits and I like to think that I share his philosophy,” states Brady. “He was the ultimate manager in my book and his single-mindedness and the fact that he demanded massive commitment from his players were his greatest attributes.”
Brady’s application of Ferguson’s mantra has already brought its own modest reward in the form of the Ulster Minor League crown but when his side meet Antrim in the provincial championship quarter-final on Sunday night at Pairc Esler in Newry they will be off in pursuit of a loftier goal.
Fearghal McMahon, Adam Treanor, Conor McCarthy and David McAlister are key players in his side against an Antrim outfit that is under the combined baton of Sean McGoldrick and Niall Ward and contains exciting players in Gerard McCorley, Ruairi McCann and Donal Nugent.
While Brady is a Fergie disciple, Tyrone Minor manager Mickey Donnelly is quite happy to take his lead from Mickey Harte.
“I am happy to try and follow his principles,” says Donnelly whose team face Donegal in the Ballybofey curtain-raiser that will see a host of schools’ stars in action.
The Red Hands will be bolstered by Cillian McCann, Shae Hamill, Ruairi McGlone and Tommy McGrath while their hosts will look to Darach O’Connor and Callum Gallagher for leadership.
Meanwhile, Cavan hope to replicate the form they showed in beating Armagh last week when they confront Fermanagh at Clones on Sunday evening.
Cavan looked sharp in getting past the Armagh but Fermanagh boss Simon Bradley believes the pace and cohesion within his side will give them the edge.
Shane O’Hara, Colin Logan, James Allen, Sean Keenan and Eoin McManus will be in the vanguard of the young Ernesiders’ bid to halt Cavan, managed by Gary Donohoe, in their tracks.