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McCarthy set for Laois hot seat

CORK dual playing icon Teddy McCarthy has been handed the daunting task of lifting the floundering fortunes of Laois hurling.

McCarthy will assume the senior managerial hotseat from Kilkenny man Brendan Fennelly who called time after just one season, having seen Laois leak ten goals to Cork during a humiliating 34-point qualifier defeat in Portlaoise last June.

Laois county board chairman Brian Allen today confirmed that McCarthy is the choice of an appointments committee set up to source a new manager. His name will go before the Laois GAA executive next week, and then a full county board meeting in October.

Allen said the option of seeking a native manager was discussed, but “the decision was taken to go outside. We interviewed several people and came down on the side of recommending Teddy.”

The Sarsfields clubman, who was a Cork U21 hurling selector this year, will be offered a three-year term with an annual review built in.

“Our hope would be to put structures in place that we can build on for the future, and lay the foundations so that Laois can be competing where they were a few years ago.

“The fundamental point is to get pride back in the Laois hurling jersey,” Allen told the Evening Herald.

Teddy Mac’s place in Leeside legend was sealed in 1990 when he won All-Ireland senior medals with the Cork hurlers and footballers in the space of a fortnight.

In recent years, McCarthy has had a more chequered association with Cork teams.

He was appointed a football selector under Teddy Holland, who never got to manage the team after the players refused to play for him during the second Cork ‘strike’ of the noughties.

A year later, he became a hurling selector for the embattled Gerald McCarthy but, within a matter of months, his reign was over too as the third and most bitter Cork strike dragged on.

TOMMY WALSH is poised to sign a new contract with his AFL club St Kilda, banishing Kerry hopes that he could return to the green-and-gold next year.

“I’ll be in Australia next year. That’s for certain. But I don’t know too much more than that at this stage. I haven’t signed anything yet, and we’ll see what happens,” said the former Young Footballer of the Year, who is currently back home in Kerry.

Walsh trained with the Irish International Rules team on Saturday and then kicked two points for Kerins O’Rahillys in yesterday’s 0-13 to 0-9 victory over An Ghaeltacht in a vital Kerry SFL match at Tralee.

JOE CANNING was one of four players sent off following a brawl between his club, Portumna, and Athenry as the arch-rivals drew 0-12 apiece in their final Galway SHC Group A encounter on Saturday.

Canning’s club and county colleague, Andy Smith, along with Diarmuid Cloonan and Shane Donoghue from Athenry also saw red.

CLARA stunned reigning Offaly SFC champions Rhode with a surprisingly emphatic 0-14 to 1-5 victory at O’Connor Park yesterday. They now face Edenderry, who qualified for their first county final in ten years courtesy of a 0-10 to 0-3 win over Gracefield.

CORK are All-Ireland ladies senior football champions for the sixth time in seven years. The Rebelettes withstood a gutsy Monaghan challenge to prevail by 2-7 to 0-11 in Croke Park, thereby reclaiming a title that was prised from their vice grip at the quarter-final last year.