Tuesday 12 December 2017

O'Dwyer's Waterville base opens door for link to Limerick

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

MICK O'Dwyer's name was immediately linked to the Limerick senior football manager's vacancy yesterday after fellow Kerryman Mickey Ned O'Sullivan stepped down.

The outgoing Wicklow boss has still not made any decision on his inter-county future but, given his Waterville base, the Treaty role might appeal to him.

Former Mayo footballer Maurice Horan is another candidate, as he managed Limerick's U-21s this season, but county secretary Mike O'Riordan said yesterday that nothing will be done until their football executive meet and decide on a recruitment process, which may or may not include inviting nominations from the clubs.

O'Dwyer (pictured) has recently agreed to take over the Waterville senior club side in a caretaker capacity, while their current boss has a back problem, but did say earlier this week that he has not yet made up his mind on what he is doing next season.

The Kerry veteran's name has also been linked with Mayo and whoever takes over from John O'Mahony will definitely be without Pat Harte for the first half of the year, as he has suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury while training with his club Ballina.

Elsewhere, former Leitrim boss Dessie Dolan will definitely get an interview for the senior football job in his native Westmeath as he and the outgoing interim boss Pat Flanagan are the only nominations.

When Brendan Hackett was appointed as Westmeath boss last year, Dessie Dolan Jnr would not play for the county, in part to protest the fact that his father was not given an interview, despite being the only official club nominee.

When Hackett was ousted mid-season, Flanagan filled in, leading the side to a Leinster quarter-final victory over Wicklow six weeks later.

Dolan and several other players returned to the fold when Flanagan took over but Westmeath lost to Louth in the semi-final and went out to Derry in the qualifiers.

New Donegal football boss Jim McGuinness is hopeful of persuading former All Star defender Kevin Cassidy (28) out of his recent retirement.

"I've had a few conversations with Kevin over the last few weeks and based on the trend of those I'd be optimistic that he might change his mind," said McGuinness, who led Donegal to the All-Ireland U-21 final this year and has since replaced John Joe Doherty as senior boss.

Irish Independent

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