Wednesday 26 July 2017

Ex-Clare U-21 duo given two-year term

O’Conor and Moloney take over from Davy Fitzgerald who stepped down three weeks ago after five years in charge. Photo: Sportsfile
O’Conor and Moloney take over from Davy Fitzgerald who stepped down three weeks ago after five years in charge. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Clare duo Gerry O'Connor and Donal Moloney have signed up to a two-year agreement to manage the Clare hurling team.

Clare County Board ratified the pair last night as Colm Collins was confirmed as football manager for 2017.

O'Conor and Moloney take over from Davy Fitzgerald who stepped down three weeks ago after five years in charge.

Fitzgerald's coach, Dónal óg Cusack, is to remain on as part of the new management team, while Liam Cronin, a Limerick native who has been involved in some recent Ard Scoil Rís Harty Cup successes, will also be involved. A further selector will be added.

O'Connor and Moloney managed Clare to three successive All-Ireland U-21 titles between 2012 and 2014 and their path was cleared last weekend when Anthony Daly withdrew from the contest.

Daly and the former U-21 partnership were the only candidates after Brian Lohan agreed to come on board with Daly.

Daly did express disappointment that he had no contact from the county board since the deadline closed on Monday of last week but Clare officials maintain that they did try to contact him.

O'Connor and Moloney have worked with a number of the current Clare squad including Tony Kelly, Colm Galvin, Podge Collins and Shane O'Donnell.

Elsewhere, former defender Brian Geary has joined John Kiely's Limerick hurling backroom team as a selector, while John Mulqueen has been confirmed as the county's new minor hurling manager with Anthony Daly staying on as coach.

Meanwhile, Dublin hurling boss Ger Cunningham has suffered a massive blow with the news that ace attacker Danny Sutcliffe has opted out of inter-county action for the second successive year.

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