Saturday 22 July 2017

Dolan return tops agenda as Flanagan gets Westmeath nod

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

RESTORING Dessie Dolan and Denis Glennon to the panel will be the first item on the agenda for Pat Flanagan, who was last night ratified as Westmeath senior football interim team manager for the remainder of the 2010 season.

Flanagan, a selector during Tomas O Flatharta's final season in charge last year, led Clara to the Offaly title last year having previously managed Tyrrellspass.

Flanagan will aim to rebuild the shattered confidence of a team which hasn't won a competitive game since last June. He will be anxious to get Dolan and Glennon back into the panel for the Leinster quarter-final clash with Carlow or Wicklow on June 6.

Dolan didn't join the panel this year after his father, Dessie Snr, wasn't even interviewed for the Westmeath job after enjoying a good spell as Leitrim boss.

Glennon was involved early on in the season but left after a few rounds of the league campaign. Dolan has been troubled by a knee injury but played for his club Garrycastle last weekend and is likely to answer the call from the new management, as is Glennon.

Flanagan's name was linked with the Westmeath job last year but it instead went to Brendan Hackett, who resigned last Saturday after player unrest.

Irish Independent

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