Sunday 23 October 2016

Fitzgerald adds O'Brien as selector to Banner management

Published 23/10/2015 | 02:30

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald

Davy Fitzgerald is to add a new selector, Aonghus O'Brien, to his Clare backroom team.

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O'Brien is expected to be named next week when the Banner unveil their management and squad for 2016.

Former player Fergal Lynch, who has been a selector for the last two years, is understood to be departing.

Hopes that Paul Kinnerk would resume a coaching role after taking a year out faded when he was announced as a consultant of the Limerick hurling academy.

Anthony Daly remains head coach at the academy and Limerick minor coach. Kinnerk was a target for the Limerick seniors this year but could not commit because of studies. He will continue his role with the Limerick underage football academy which he took up last year.

Cathal and Nicky O'Connell appear to be the highest profile casualties as Clare convene a new squad to start training next month.


Nicky O'Connell left the squad in March along with Davy O'Halloran after the pair were instructed b y the management to undertake a number of punitive measures for an apparent breach of discipline, which they denied.

O'Connell subsequently returned after apologising to the rest of the squad.

Clare will confirm next week that Podge Collins is back in the hurling squad and will also be part of his father Colm's football squad as he recovers from a cruciate ligament injury.

O'Brien trained the Limerick minors when they won a Munster title in 2013. He continues to play club hurling with Broadford and lined out at midfield in the recent intermediate final.

Among those expected to be included in the squad are David Fitzgerald, full-back on the U-21 team, and Eoin O'Brien, who returns after a three-year absence.

Meanwhile the Limerick footballers will have a former Donegal All-Ireland winner as part of their backroom team in 2016.

Antoin McFadden, brother of Colm McFadden and brother-in-law of Jim McGuinness, will be strength and conditioning coach after helping Newcastle West to the Limerick senior title last weekend.

Irish Independent

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