Sunday 19 November 2017

Dempsey ready to revamp Carlow back-room

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Luke Dempsey is to be ratified as Carlow manager for a fourth successive year tomorrow evening.

Dempsey is expected to tie up the loose ends on a new management team which he will put before the Carlow board.

After a review at the end of this year's championship, Dempsey agreed to make changes to his back-room team.

It is understood that he will be introducing someone from outside the county to assist him as well as appointing a new selector from within Carlow.

Carlow enjoyed their best Leinster championship for many years when they beat Louth to make the provincial semi-finals in June.

Laois manager Justin McNulty is also making changes for the 2012 season with Paul Clancy, the former Galway footballer, no longer at his side.

Clancy has parted company with Laois, but former Portlaoise manager John Mulligan is coming on board with McNulty.

Mulligan managed Portlaoise to four of their last five Laois titles but stepped down after last season.

McNulty had just one Laois selector, Donie Norton, in 2011 and could yet add to his team in the weeks ahead.

Meanwhile, Offaly's search for a new manager is heading into a fourth month with no apparent sign of the impasse being broken.

Tom Coffey withdrew two weeks ago, and rumours linking him to a return to the race appear to be wide of the mark.

Stephen Darby won't commit to a second interview despite still wanting the position, while Jack Sheedy's plans didn't find favour with the seven-man committee.

Last week Gerry Cooney, who was assistant manager to Kevin Kilmurray when Offaly reached the Leinster final in 2006, also withdrew from the race.

Mayo footballer Andy Moran confirmed yesterday that he expects to be back training when the inter-county season resumes in January.

Moran broke a bone in his left leg at an International Rules training session last month and will be out of action for three months.

In hurling, Wexford have clarified that Liam Griffin has not been appointed as minor manager in 2012 despite reports to that effect.

Griffin will once again act as a selector, with Martin Storey remaining on as manager for a third successive year.

Irish Independent

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