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Dooher to be added to Tyrone backroom

BRIAN DOOHER is set to make the leap straight into management just a week after announcing his retirement from playing.

The 36 year-old three-time All-Ireland medalist, who captained Tyrone to Sam Maguire successes in 2005 and '08, ended a decade-and-a-half playing career at the top just last week but already, he has been earmarked for a spot in Mickey Harte's management team for 2012.


"We need to replace him on the field, but hopefully, off the field, he will have some part to play," said Tyrone chairman Ciaraán McLaughlin.

Although the exact nature of his new role is unclear, Dooher was always highly admired by Harte, both for his exploits on the field and his attitude off it.

This year, Dooher was used primarily from the bench by Harte and he came on in Tyrone's exit to Dublin in the All-Ireland quarter-final.

JASON RYAN is set to meet Wexford officials tonight with a view to extending his tenure as football manager into 2012.

Ryan has been heavily linked with a move back to Waterford to take over the county's hurlers but it now seems certain that he will continue into a fifth season in charge of the Slaneysiders.

As a result, Waterford are again set to look outside the county for a replacement to Davy Fitzgerald who himself will be ratified as Clare manager next week.

Legendary Waterford hurler Dan Shanahan has suggested the powerbrokers in his native county should look outside the county.

"Any success we had came from outside the county," said Shanahan.

"But has the county the money for expenses? It's hard to know, a hard one to call," he added.

Former Cork managers, Gerald McCarthy and John Allen, are thought to be highly prized by the Déise County Board while current Kerry and former Wexford boss, John Meyler, is also of interest.

Fitzgerald, meanwhile, will meet Clare county board officials on October 11 along with his new backroom team to map out his plans for the future in the Banner County.

Fitzgerald's former team-mate Brian Lohan is expected to be involved as a selector as well as ex-Clare and Galway selector Louis Mulqueen.