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Hurling: McCarthy and Kinsella frontrunners for Wexford job

JUSTIN McCARTHY and Rory Kinsella are understood to be the early frontrunners for the vacant Wexford senior hurling manager's job.

McCarthy, a coaching veteran, has been idle since his unceremonious and controversial removal as Limerick manager last year after a year-long strike involving the majority of the Treaty County's senior panel.

Regarded as one of the finest coaches of the game, Corkman McCarthy has nonetheless fallen foul in player led heaves in both of his most recent managerial posts, firstly in Waterford and then in Limerick. Kinsella, meanwhile, has previous experience in the job after assuming the role in 1997 following Liam Griffin's decision to step down having previously served as a selector on the All-Ireland winning team of '96.

EOIN BROSNAN looks set to start Sunday week's All-Ireland semi-final with Mayo on Kerry's bench. The Dr Crokes man returned to Jack O'Connor's panel in February after a near three-year self-enforced exile and was tipped to line out at centre-back after a hugely impressive club championship campaign with the Killarney club.

However, after a rough afternoon against Limerick in the quarter-final, Brosnan seems primed to lose his place, with Tomás Ó Sé set to switch to centre-back, with Killian Young reverting to the wing and Tarbet youngster Shane Enright coming into the starting 15.

Meanwhile, the Kingdom could go the entire All-Ireland series without donning their famous green and gold jerseys. O'Connor's men will wear their changed navy strip again against Mayo due to a clash in colours as that which forced them into their second jerseys against Limerick in the quarter-final and should Kerry qualify for the final and Donegal beat Dublin, both sides would wear alternate stripes for the final too.

WEXFORD goalkeeper, Anthony Masterson, has avoided an eight-week ban after the CCCC accepted his written apology to referee, Derek Fahy.

An emotional Masterson branded the Longford official "the world's worst referee" for his performance in Wexford's controversial champions exit to Limerick and was facing an eight-week suspension.

DAVY FITZGERALD has given his broadest hint yet that he will manage Clare - although the current Waterford boss didn't specify when.

"Whenever the time arises, you'd like to do it," said the former Banner goalkeeper. "You're only ever from one place and you play for them."