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Backroom team to work with new Wexford football manager John Hegarty yet to be finalised


John Hegarty, whose backroom team has yet to be finalised.

John Hegarty, whose backroom team has yet to be finalised.

John Hegarty, whose backroom team has yet to be finalised.


The original intention of ratifying the backroom team to work with new Senior football manager John Hegarty last night (Tuesday) has been put on hold.

It was understood that one of the main items on the agenda at the monthly County Board meeting was the announcement of the selectors and coaches set to work with the former Kilanerin and Wexford attacker - whose appointment to succeed Shane Roche in the hot-seat was revealed on Saturday week.

However, a high-ranking County Board official confirmed to this newspaper yesterday - shortly before our weekly print edition went to press - that the completion of the backroom team was “still a work in progress”.

It means that the speculation surrounding potential candidates for these positions is set to continue over the coming days until a complete picture emerges from the camp.

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One well-known name heavily linked to potential involvement within the new football set-up is that of David Murphy, a former long-time playing colleague of Hegarty in the purple and gold jersey.

Having served his time in recent years in charge of Minor and Under-20 county teams, the St. Mary’s (Rosslare) clubman is very well versed in the emerging talent around the county and would be a popular choice.

Another person featuring regularly as the rumours abounded during the week was Down native Steven Poacher.

A coach who places a heavy emphasis on the defensive side of the game, he was part of the Carlow backroom team assembled by former manager Turlough O’Brien, and in more recent times he stepped away from involvement with Roscommon last November after spending one season working with their now departed boss, Anthony Cunningham.

It remains to be seen if Murphy and Poacher will actually be coming on board with Hegarty, or if it was all mere idle speculation which is often the case in the time vacuum before such positions are filled.

The new manager will be busy in his other role - that of Shelmaliers club boss - again on Sunday when they take on Glynn-Barntown in the fifth and final round of group games in the Dominic Smith Electrical Senior football championship.

However, with both teams already qualified for the following weekend’s quarter-finals, the game won’t carry the same importance as several others also down for decision.

St. James’, Castletown and Gusserane are also through, and four clubs - Crossabeg-Ballymurn, Starlights, Kilanerin and St. Anne’s - are in contention for the last three places, with one set to be bitterly disappointed.

Whoever loses between Sarsfields and HWH-Bunclody will play St. Martin’s in the relegation final.