Saturday 17 March 2018

O'Dwyer makes Wicklow wait on invitation to resume control

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Mick O'Dwyer has deferred making a decision on a possible return to Wicklow for another 10 days.

But the smart money is on the most celebrated manager in the game declining an invitation to reverse the decision he made in the immediate aftermath of the qualifier defeat to Cavan.

A Wicklow County Board meeting last night had been filled with some expectation that O'Dwyer's reign in Wicklow would extend into a fifth year.

But chairman Andy O'Brien declared that O'Dwyer had sought another 10 days to make his mind up whether or not he would continue. O'Brien revealed that Wicklow officials had met the Kerry man twice in recent weeks and were hopeful that he would continue.

O'Dwyer has been linked with the Mayo vacancy, where he is one of five nominees and has support form at least one high-ranking board officer as well as supporters club officials in Dublin.

The departure of Mickey Ned O'Sullivan as manager has inevitably established a potential link with Limerick.

Wicklow delegates are prepared to wait as long as it takes but have given clearance for executive members to make alternative plans if O'Dwyer sticks by his original intention.

Galway fury at Tipp home comforts for U-21 decider

Angry Galway hurling officials last night called a meeting with the management of the county's U-21 side after their All-Ireland final showdown with Tipperary was fixed for Semple Stadium in Thurles.

Galway officials had written to Croke Park after winning their semi-final clash against Dublin calling for the final to be played at a neutral venue.

GAA officials made a decision earlier this year to move the U-21 decider out of Croke Park and in May fixed the final for Semple Stadium.

But Galway are unhappy that Tipperary will enjoy home advantage in the final and want it switched to a neutral venue such as Limerick, Portlaoise or Tullamore.

The GAA yesterday confirmed that the decider would go ahead at Semple Stadium on Saturday, September 11, with a 7.0 throw-in under floodlights.

A spokesperson for Galway Hurling Board said they were extremely angry with the decision and were meeting with the management of their U-21 side to decide on what course of action to take.

Irish Independent

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