Carley to manage Ballyboden St. Enda's
It may be the school of hard knocks but already managers are stamping their name on club's for the 2015 season.
When the Christmas and New Year festivities have ended, club's will begin planning for the year ahead, but right now the majority of club's have managers in place.
Well the Christmas festivities would not have been the same without the odd surprise move and the latest version concerns a former inter-county player.
Glynn-Barntown clubman, Paul Carley, has been installed as Manager to Ballyboden St. Enda's one of the leading dual club's in the capital county. They lost their grip on the county title this year but are determined to regain their place at the pinnacle of Dublin hurling in 2015.
The younger of the Carley clan, who previously acted as a selector with the Wexford Minor hurling set-up under Willie Cleary and Liam Griffin, has now made the surprise move to the former Dublin champions.
Although he may have limited experience at managerial adult level, he has won over the Dublin club having held off a number of big names to take the post.
It's easy to argue that Ballyboden's gain is Wexford's loss but his progress with the Dublin club will be watched with interest.
On the local front, John Barron has departed Ferns St. Aidan's where he will be replaced by former club player, Eddie Cullen.
St. Martin's, who disappointed in the latter half of the season, have given the managerial post to former club player Tomas Codd, who acted as a selector with Liam Dunne over the past three years, but retired his selectoral post a few months back.
In another surprise move, Willie Sunderland, a selector with his home club in 2014, is now returning to Askamore after a short break where he replaces Eamonn Scallan who met with little success in his two years at the held, while Shane Carley is once again in charge of his home club, Glynn-Barntown.
One can expect many more announcements over the coming months as club's finalise their positions and their prospects under an outside manager which can bring considerable financial expense with no guarantee of on-field success.
New Ross Standard