Wednesday 26 October 2016

Six potential candidates to take over from Davy Fitzgerald as Clare hurling boss

Published 22/09/2016 | 11:16

Davy Fitzgerald's resignation as Clare hurling manager has created one of the biggest managerial vacancy in the GAA but who will replace him. Here are some of the top candidates.

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Gerry O’Connor and Donal Moloney

The managerial team that guided the Banner to three successive All-Ireland titles from 2012 to 2014.

Most of the younger members of the panel will have worked under the duo and there level of success makes them obvious candidates.

They had a fraught relationship with Davy during their tenure and have been tipped as a possible replacements for a very long time.

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Donal Óg Cusack

The former Cork netminder came on board as Fitzgerald's assistant this year and is believed to have developed a very good rapport with the players.

The three-time All-Ireland winner impressed as a tactical analyst on the Sunday Game and is hotly tipped to become one of the country's top inter-county managers.


Anthony Daly

Is the two-time All-Ireland winning captain ready to return to the Banner hotseat?

Having previously managed his native county between 2004 and 2006, Daly will definitely feel as though there is some unfinished business to attend to.

In a six-year stint in the captial, he led Dublin to a first Leinster title in 52 years in 2013 and two years earlier, he won the county's first national hurling league title in 72 years.

He was involved with the Limerick minor time this year.


Anthony Cunningham

The nature of his exit from Galway in 2015 will make it very difficult for Cunningham to take on a top role with an inter-county side but he remains one of the top coaches in the country.

His uncompromising style helped Galway to a Leinster title in 2012.

All-Ireland final defeats to Kilkenny in 2012, after a replay, and in 2015, despite leading at half time, was as close as he came to leading the Tribesmen to ultimate glory.

He was drafted in by Mick Lillis to help out with the Laois footballers and although the O'Moore county failed to make an impact on the championship, Cunningham's impact impressed.

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Brian Lohan

A cult hero from the halcyon days for Clare hurling in the 90s.

Lohan has been honing his managerial skills with the University of Limerick in recent years and brought them Fitzgibbon Cup success in 2015.

The Wolf Tones clubman would bring no baggage to the role.


Ger Loughnane

The media would certainly love if the outspoken Feakle native reprised his role with the Banner side.

The 63-year-old was very complimentary about the nature of Davy's departure and was thankful that it didn't descend into a divisive situation.

Loughnane is unlikely to give up his media duties.


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