Former Laois hurler Cahir Healy has heralded the return of Seamas ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett as manager as ‘a brilliant appointment’.
In something of a surprise, the Portlaoise man returned to the helm of hurling in the county for the second time before Christmas.
Speaking on the Talking Sport Podcast, Healy said that following the decision of Eddie Brennan to step down, this is great news for the players.
He said: “It hadn’t even occurred to me that he might get it when Eddie stepped down – because it is rare enough that inter-county managers come back into roles.
“It is a fantastic appointment I think. For players, if you are not going to buy in and do what Cheddar is asking of you, well then you are not going to play for any manager.
“He did a brilliant job for Laois between 2013 and 2016. He came within a whisker of beating Ballyhale Shamrocks with James Stephens in 2020.
“So he hasn’t just sat on his hole doe the last few years, he has gone out and managed some of the top clubs – so I think it is a brilliant appointment for Laois.”
He also gave an insight into the type of character Cheddar is – and spoke about a remarkable act that enabled him to get to training from London following a delayed flight.
“Cheddar is a great person and I think anyone who has met him or was ever in his company would say that.
“His hurling knowledge and his attention to detail from a hurling side of things is brilliant. He also ensures his backroom team is top class.
“He always tries to tick every box for you to be able to perform to the best of your ability.
“But on a personal level, he is such a generous man. Everyone has their Cheddar stories and so do I.
“I had a flight delayed on time for training. I rang him and told him that I’d be struggling to get to O’Moore Park for 4pm that day.
“He told me to tell me when my flight left and he would have a taxi there waiting for me. So I arrive, hop into the taxi and make it down. Run out onto the field and Cheddar paid the taxi man.
“Insane type of stuff, just throwing it out of his own pocket. And he’ll probably be raging I told that story because he would never advertise that stuff.
“But that is a small example of how he puts the team and everything else ahead of himself.”