GOALKEEPER COACH SEAMUS MCDONAGH
Graham Coughlan told iFollow Stags after the win over Newport, Saturday 15th February 2020:
“He [Aidan Stone] wasn’t busy and that’s testament to our defenders. When you stick a young lad in behind, the centre halves look after him that extra bit.
"But one thing about Stoney, you could hear him, he was roaring and shouting, he was out on people's cases, and that’s what we needed, that little bit of leadership, that little bit of character, and he deserved it (the clean sheet).
“Bobby [Olejnik] has been brilliant with him all week and even during the game. And we've brought in a goalie coach Seamus McDonagh to help us as well.
“So fingers crossed it’s something to build on. And I have to give huge congratulations to Stoney tonight because he was different class as a young kid.”
More on Seamus McDonagh (aka Jim McDonagh) from an old article --->
The new guy: Who is Ireland goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh?
The former Bolton and Everton stopper was part of the team which defeated a Michel Platini-led France in the 1980s.
Nov 12th 2013
ALONGSIDE MARTIN O’NEILL and Roy Keane this morning was a face many will not have recognised.
While two men mooted to be joining the management team, Steve Walford and Steve Guppy, have yet to be confirmed, Seamus ‘Jim’ McDonagh was on Friday announced as Ireland’s new goalkeeping coach - replacing Alan Kelly after eight years in the role.
McDonagh is a trusted ally of O’Neill’s and the pair have worked together at Leicester City, Aston Villa and Sunderland in the past.
During his playing career, the English-born goalkeeper represented his hometown club Rotherham United for six years before lining out for Bolton Wanderers, Everton and Notts County and several others.
He also held the position of player/manager at Galway United for six months during the 1989/90 season.
McDonagh was cappped 25 times for Ireland but perhaps the most famous game he featured in for the Boys and Green was the 3-2 win over France in 1981.
Against a team captained by Michel Platini, Eoin Hand’s side earned victory in front of 55,000 fans at Lansdowne Road with goals from Frank Stapleton, Michael Robinson and a Phillippe Mahut O.G.
The French pulled themselves back into the match but McDonagh made a terrific stop late on to ensure the victory.
“It was the biggest game of my life,” McDonagh told RTE’s Damien O’Meara. “The build-up in Dublin was amazing. I remember being so nervous on the day. I just wanted to get out and play.
“They had a world class player like Platini who was getting it and spraying it all over. They scored a second to make it 3-2 but we were deserved winners.”
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