Friday 30 September 2016

Fitzgerald's exit set to speed up managerial merry-go-round

Published 23/09/2016 | 02:30

Davy Fitzgerald in familiar pose on the sideline – Clare hurlers will have a new manager to inspire them next year. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Davy Fitzgerald in familiar pose on the sideline – Clare hurlers will have a new manager to inspire them next year. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Davy Fitzgerald's exit means Clare have joined Wexford and Offaly in the hunt for a new hurling manager for their 2017 campaigns.

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The Banner will start the hunt for a new manager in earnest next week with a number of high-profile names already linked to the job including Anthony Daly, former Galway manager Anthony Cunningham and Fitzgerald's right-hand man with Clare last season Dónal óg Cusack.

Wexford could yet see Liam Dunne return for another campaign but it has been reported locally that as many as 23 names have expressed an interest in the job.

However, Dunne's name was the only one submitted by the clubs before the deadline they had been given but others such as ex-county football manager Jason Ryan and former Cork hurling coach Frank Flannery have also been linked with the role.

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It's understood Wexford aim to start the interview process next week.

Offaly are also on the hunt for a new manager after Eamonn Kelly stepped down following just one season in the job. He cited "personal and business reasons" after his decision to walk away.

Offaly have since appointed former GAA president Nickey Brennan as chairman of the committee charged with finding Kelly's replacement.

Elsewhere, the likes of Waterford and Kilkenny are awaiting confirmation that Derek McGrath and Brian Cody will continue.

Other counties have already concluded their business. Limerick have appointed John Kiely while Colm Bonnar will take charge of the Carlow hurlers. Ciaran Carey (Kerry), Ger Cunningham (Dublin) and Michael Ryan (Tipperary) are set to continue in their roles.

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