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Fitzgerald to manage Clare

DAVY Fitzgerald will be appointed Clare hurling manager in the coming days - although not before wading through a raft of red tape.

The former Waterford manager has been confirmed as the only candidate nominated by clubs in the Banner County by the time last Friday's deadline passed.

Despite this, he will not be ratified at tonight's scheduled county board meeting.

Instead - and according to procedure - a sub-committee will be formulated to speak to Fitzgerald about his intentions for the post.

After that, they will give a recommendation to the board whether or not to ratify the Sixmilebridge man.

In Limerick meanwhile, Ciarán Carey, who served as a selector under the outgoing Donal O'Grady for the past year, has been strongly linked as a 'local' option but former Cork supremo, John Allen, is also being touted as a possible replacement.

In Waterford, veteran goalkeeper, Clinton Hennessy, has decided to put an end to his inter-county career.

Hennessy, who made his debut in the 2005 All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Cork, explained: "The time is right to go.

"I have a lot of commitments and the fact that the new manager will come in soon is another factor."