Monday 26 September 2016

Wexford nearing managerial appointment

Published 18/08/2016 | 02:30

Liam Dunne has indicated that he is keen to continue and has been nominated by his club Oulart-The Ballagh. Picture: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Liam Dunne has indicated that he is keen to continue and has been nominated by his club Oulart-The Ballagh. Picture: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Nominations for the position of Wexford senior hurling team manager close tomorrow amid uncertainty whether the appointment will be internal or external.

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Liam Dunne, who completed his fifth season in charge when Wexford lost to Waterford in the All-Ireland quarter-final, has indicated that he is keen to continue and has been nominated by his club Oulart-The Ballagh.

It's likely that other nominations from inside the county will be submitted by the close of business tomorrow. There's also the possibility that high-profile outside candidates may be in the frame.

Dunne's decision to let his name go forward again adds to the intrigue. It was thought after the Waterford game that he might stand down but he is keen to continue, believing that he has put a solid foundation in place with a young squad, a view backed up by the excellent qualifier performance against Cork.

Wexford finished third in 1B in this year's Allianz League before losing to Waterford by a point in the quarter-final.

They later lost heavily to Dublin in the Leinster SHC quarter-final but recovered well in the All-Ireland qualifiers, beating Offaly and Cork to reach the quarter-final, which they lost by 10 points.

Wexford's treble Leinster U-21 success in 2013-14-15 has raised hopes of better times ahead for the seniors, making it quite an attractive job.

It's understood that there's some support in Wexford for acquiring an outside manager.

Limerick and Offaly are also in the market for new managers, following the departure of TJ Ryan and Eamonn Kelly. Both counties have a history of appointing outside managers so it remains to be seen if they continue with that policy.

Among the high-profile managers currently unattached is former Galway boss Anthony Cunningham, who was forced out in a player revolt last year.

However, he is highly regarded and may be targeted by Wexford, Limerick or Offaly. MARTIN BREHENY

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