THE pall of gloom hovering over Laois hurling shows no immediate sign of lifting, amid fears that their search for a new senior manager could drag on towards the New Year.
THIS week's county board meeting was unable to ratify a successor to Teddy McCarthy as the men charged with locating a new boss - former county hurlers Seamus Plunkett and Paul Cuddy - need more time.
"We are hoping to secure someone by our next county board meeting," explained Laois PRO Pascal McEvoy, but that isn't scheduled until December 17.
BRIAN CODY has officially confirmed the GAA's most open secret - he will be staying on as Kilkenny hurling manager for a 15th season.
Cody has told the county board that he's staying on in 2013 as he seeks a tenth All-Ireland SHC crown, and he will be joined once more by fellow selectors Martin Fogarty (Erin's Own) and Michael Dempsey (St Joseph's).
FORMER Hurler of the Year Michael Fennelly will jet in from South Africa in time for Ballyhale Shamrocks' Leinster SHC semi-final against Oulart-the-Ballagh this Sunday. The 27-year-old departed within hours of helping his club win their 14th Kilkenny senior title last Sunday week, joining the Niall Mellon house building project in Cape Town.
TIPPERARY star Pádraic Maher would have emigrated in search of work but for Thurles Sarsfields' extended run in the Munster club hurling championship.
"I'd say only that I'm hurling for Sarsfields at the moment, I would have left the country for a couple of months anyway and tried to work somewhere else," said Maher, who will feature agianst Waterford champions De La Salle in the Munster club SHC decider this Sunday.
"Thankfully the club are going well, so I have something to keep me occupied. Some days you find something to do but other days really drag."