Sunday 22 September 2019

Doubt surrounds O'Brien's Carlow future

Carlow manager Turlough O'Brien. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Carlow manager Turlough O'Brien. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Turlough O'Brien is believed to be facing some resistance as he seeks to extend his reign as Carlow football boss into its sixth year, writes Michael Verney.

O'Brien's future is understood to be in some doubt despite his name being set to go before delegates for ratification for another year in the coming weeks.

It is believed that O'Brien - who famously secured promotion from Division 4 for the Barrowsiders in 2018 - is coming under pressure from some county board officials as he looks to retain his position alongside coach Steven Poacher.

O'Brien, who was handed a 20-week suspension earlier this year for threatening conduct towards a referee, has already lost his two selectors from this year with Benji O'Brien and Tommy Wogan departing the fold.

It remains to be seen if he will get nominated to go forward for ratification but Colm Bonnar will extend his stay as Carlow hurling boss into a fourth season as he works on finalising his backroom team.

Meanwhile, Westmeath are moving closer to finding their next senior hurling manager as the interview process begins this week to find Joe Quaid's successor.

Five candidates are being interviewed for the position with Cuala native Shane O'Brien expected to be the front-runner having worked as a coach under Quaid.

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