Saturday 3 December 2016

Model pushing for Flannery to replace Dunne in hot-seat

Jackie Cahill and Michael Verney

Published 06/10/2016 | 02:30

Liam Dunne remains in the running to embark on a sixth year in charge and was interviewed early last week. Picture credit: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE
Liam Dunne remains in the running to embark on a sixth year in charge and was interviewed early last week. Picture credit: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE

Wexford GAA chairman Diarmuid Devereux is poised to make a second approach to Frank Flannery as the Model county look to confirm a new hurling manager within a week, having considered almost 30 names for the post.

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Liam Dunne remains in the running to embark on a sixth year in charge and was interviewed early last week, but Cork native Flannery remains a leading contender.

Flannery, currently guiding the fortunes of 2015 Leinster club champions and current county finalists Oulart-The Ballagh, was initially reluctant to run against club legend Dunne, but it is understood that Dunne has no issue with Flannery throwing his hat into the ring - and has let the former Rebel coach know that.

Wexford sources indicate that county board top brass are pushing for change at the top, and while Dunne impressed during the course of an interview that ran to over an hour, he may be fighting a losing battle.

It's understood that the 1996 All-Ireland winner survived more than one attempt to oust him from the role this year, but he remains determined to see out the process and attempt to gain another year at the helm.

Interviewed

Former minor manager Jimmy Meaney and Tomás Codd, a former selector alongside Dunne, have also been interviewed, while ex-Cork manager Denis Walsh and former Waterford player Peter Queally are others reportedly in the mix.

It is understood that former Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald, turned down an approach out of respect to Dunne.

Meanwhile, Martin Ennis will remain in charge of the Meath hurlers for 2017 as he hopes to build on the Royals' Christy Ring Cup success and cement their Liam MacCarthy status.

Despite operating out of Division 2B and being ranked 22nd based on league standings, Ennis has enjoyed huge success, and with the U-21s winning All-Ireland U-21 'B' honours, the future looks promising.

Elsewhere, All-Ireland champions Waterford provide more than half of the Bord Gáis Energy U-21 Team of the Year, with the senior trio of Austin Gleeson, Patrick Curran and Stephen Bennett competing for the Player of the Year accolade.

Eight Déise players are represented. Brian Molloy is the sole survivor from last year.

U-21 team of the year

J Henley (Waterford); C Gleeson (Waterford), E O'Donnell (Dublin), D Lyons (Waterford); M Harney (Waterford), A Gleeson (Waterford), S Barrett (Dublin); D Nevin (Galway), R Lynch (Limerick); Shane Bennett (Waterford), B Molloy (Galway), A Coffey (Tipperary); P Curran (Waterford), Stephen Bennett (Waterford), N Mitchell (Westmeath).

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