Moloney and O'Connor set to take Clare reins
Published 11/10/2016 | 02:30
Donal Moloney and Gerry O'Connor are set to be reunited with many of the talent-laden squads which they guided to three-in-a-row All-Ireland U-21 success when they are ratified as joint-managers of the Clare senior hurlers tonight.
The dynamic duo will be handed the chance to succeed 2013 All-Ireland-winning manager Davy Fitzgerald and build on a golden run of success which they have enjoyed with Banner underage teams.
Scarriff native Moloney and Killanena's O'Connor steered Clare to back-to-back Munster minor titles in 2010/11 before winning three consecutive U-21 crowns between 2012-14, and taking the senior reins is the next logical managerial step.
Work commitments forced O'Connor to depart his U-21 role with Moloney for the past two seasons but after managing Éire Óg's seniors this year, the pair are set to be reunited.
With former boss Anthony Daly pulling out of the race over the weekend, O'Connor and Moloney were the only candidates left standing; they are a popular choice among clubs and players.
They are held in high regard, having worked with the bulk of the current senior panel through underage panels.
It is believed that Donal Óg Cusack, who worked as a coach under Fitzgerald this year, will remain in that role.
Liam Cronin, who has enjoyed Harty Cup success with Ardscoil Rís, is also on board, while Clare legend Seanie McMahon is rumoured to be part of their management team.