first_imgMickey McGlynn is back for his 25th season at Finn Harps.Finn Harps physio Mickey McGlynn is back for an incredible 25th season at Finn Park but he’ll have to watch tomorrow night’s league opener from the stands as he serves a one-match ban. McGlynn got in trouble with the match officials during Harps FAI Cup defeat to St Pat’s when Gareth Harkin was ridiculously sent-off late on.Harps manager Ollie Horgan was sent off for his protests and he’ll have to watch the first three matches of the season from the stands. McGlynn’s story is one of longevity and dedication to Finn Harps, and the affable medical man has overseen some changes at Finn Park since 1990.Despite the struggles the club has suffered during that time and the highs and lows that come with senior football, McGlynn’s love for the game and for the club has never diminished.This is reflected in the fact that he’s gearing up for his 25th season in the League of Ireland and that he’s looking forward to it.Football in the League of Ireland has become more professional since 1990 and that has inevitably placed greater demands on players, staff and medical personnel. McGlynn told Donegal Daily, “The professionalism and scientific approach to games and training has stepped up massively since then, no doubt.“Back then you trained twice-a-week and you played your match, there was no conditioning programmes, no off-season programmes, no real focus on nutrition, no video analysis.“Now you’re training three, four times a week, you’re also trying to factor in recovery programmes that are essential for modern day players .“So it’s undoubtedly more difficult and demanding, but we all enjoy it and we love doing it, nobody is at the club for financial reimbursement, we all do it out of the love of the game.McGlynn believes the standard of the league has increased due to the more professional approach adopted by clubs. McGlynn feels that is evidenced by the mass exodus of players from the league to the UK, but he still feels the league doesn’t get the respect it deserves.“With the more professional approach adopted that has resulted in a huge increase in the standard of teams and players.“You only have to look at some of the players that have left the league, Seamus Coleman, Keith Fahy, James McClean and Kevin Doyle are just a few that all went over and done extremely well at the highest level.“They benefited from playing here before making the move, no question about it. “Look at Ryan Manning, he played in the First Division last season for Galway Utd and he signed for OPR in January.“I don’t think the league gets the credit it deserves, especially the First Division, there’s some quality players in it and some really good sides and it’s an incredibly tough league.“It’s an old cliché but they really aren’t any easy games in the division and it’s a very competitive league.When pressed on predictions for the season McGlynn was conservative but feels the squad have a good mix of experience of quality and feels they have the artillery in their ranks to kick on.“I think the aim is to improve on last season and try and get into the play-offs, that’s easier said than done though.“There was good foundations built last season, and we were a very well-organised and solid outfit, we were difficult to beat and I’m sure we’ll be hard to beat this season too.“We’ve got a good squad, there’s plenty of experience and quality in it, and they’re a tight knit group.“Our Achilles heel last season was probably in the final third, if we can be a wee bit more clinical we could do well.“There’s a good buzz around the squad, and Ruairi Keating returning has given the place a lift, he’s an exciting player and he done well here last year.“Hopefully Wilfried Tagbo can get his registration sorted because he looks like he could be a very good player for us.McGlynn says the management and coaching staff have left no stone unturned in their preparations for the new season and is hopeful the season can be a good one for the club.“From Ollie and James on the management side of things to Michael Black on the conditioning and fitness of the players no stone is left unturned.“Ollie is one of the hardest working managers in the league, no doubt about it he eats, sleeps and breathes football and he has a great knowledge of the league.“Ollie and James know the league inside and out and they know what way to approach every game and how teams will set-up against you.“There attention to detail is forensic and we’ll never be unprepared for any match.“Michael Black does top-class work as well and we’re well prepared and looking forward to the season.McGlynn as stated in above will not be allowed to take his place in the dug-out tomorrow night against Shelbourne and is disappointed by the ban.“Look it’s done and dusted now, I’m disappointed about it, I’ve never been banned before but one suspension every 25 years isn’t a bad record so I can’t moan too much about it.“Hopefully we get a good result and that will set us up nicely for Cabinteely next week at Finn Park.There has been eyebrows raised about the appointment of the match officials for tomorrow’s match.The controversial referee involved in that FAI Cup semi-final will be the fourth official tomorrow night and considering the bad blood following the fall-out of that cup semi-final, it’s certainly a surprising choice.McGlynn will be back where he belongs on Monday for the EA League Cup clash with Galway and he’s looking forward to many more years with Finn Harps.TWENTY-FIVE YEARS NOT OUT FOR FINN HARPS PHYSIO MICKEY MCGLYNN was last modified: March 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:newsSportlast_img read more