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'I have as much enthusiasm for managing as ever'


Mick O'Dwyer has taken to his latest inter-county job with customary gusto, saying: "I've always loved taking on a new challenge and I can't wait to get started on this one."

The Waterville legend was ratified as the new Clare football manager last night, initially just for one year, at his request, and he will have Michael Cahill, Ger Keane and Michael Neylon in his back-room team.

"It's a bit closer to home than usual, which is a help," O'Dwyer said. "My aim is to take them on a step further. Let's do that first and see where it takes us.

"I've as much enthusiasm for managing now as when I first started all those years ago. You never lose it once the passion and interest is there."

Elsewhere, Eamon Fennell looks set to be the main casualty from the outgoing panel when new Dublin football manager Jim Gavin finalises his new-look squad, though it will also be without Tomas 'Mossy' Quinn, who has announced his inter-county retirement.

"It's been a childhood dream to play for Dublin for the last 10 years but it's time to go. It was a great journey and I loved every second," Quinn said.

Galway hurling goalkeeper James Skehill is set to miss most of the National League after having surgery on his shoulder, which is expected to take five months to heal.

The Cappataggle man went under the knife on Wednesday and faces a long recovery.

He needed pain-killing injections to start the All-Ireland final replay after dislocating his shoulder in training and only lasted until half-time in the second game.

Armagh County Board have clinched several new sponsors to replace long-time supporters Morgan Fuels, who have ended their association after 15 years but will still remain as title sponsors of the county grounds.

Rainbow Communications will now sponsor the Armagh senior teams (football and hurling), while Simplyfruit will sponsor their minors and the county league and T-Met will sponsor the local championships.

Tyrone remain among several high-profile teams, including Cork and Kildare, who do not yet have a sponsor for next season -- many of their stars will line out for an Ulster selection against All-Ireland champions Donegal in tonight's fundraising memorial 'Match for Michaela' in Casement Park.

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