Thursday 19 October 2017

Queally adds name to growing list of candidates

DAMIAN LAWLOR

Former Waterford midfielder Peter Queally is the latest candidate to emerge as a serious contender to be the county's next hurling manager.

Queally, a former selector who played football and hurling for the county, was interviewed for the job last week and is in the hunt to replace Davy Fitzgerald.

It's understood that Carlow manager Kevin Ryan was also interviewed last week. Ryan, a Waterford native, has enjoyed great club success with Oulart-The Ballagh in the past but has put in a tremendous tenure with Carlow in his couple of seasons in charge, overseeing a marked improvement in their performances.

Micheal Ryan, however, also remains well in contention to replace Fitzgerald. He put a presentation to the county board executive when he met them last week and has assembled a formidable backroom team including Nicky Cashin, renowned trainer Pat Flanagan and Brother Philip Ryan, who is well recognised as a hurling coach.

The Waterford board has not ruled opting for an outside candidate either and it is expected to be two weeks before any decision is made.

Clare's Ollie Baker is a contender for the vacant Offaly hurling manager's job. Living in Athlone and working in Tullamore as a garda sergeant, the All-Ireland winning midfielder is a strong candidate to replace Joe Dooley after garnering experience as a coach with Westmeath and a selector with both Clare and Antrim. He could face opposition from ex-Galway hurler Francis Forde who coached the Offaly side last season and is well respected by the players. Kevin Martin, Damien Fox and Liam Hogan are the other contenders.

The race to become the next Limerick hurling manager looks to be between three candidates. Former county stars Ciaran Carey and TJ Ryan are both in the frame while former Cork manager John Allen's name has also been linked with the position.

Meanwhile, Galway's football delegates should seal the appointment of Alan Mulholland as their manager tomorrow night. The 42-year-old will be handed a three-year term in charge.

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