Monday 21 October 2019

Power in driving seat for Tipp football job

Liam Kearns has resigned as Tipperary manager. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Liam Kearns has resigned as Tipperary manager. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

David Power is the leading contender to take over from Liam Kearns as Tipperary football manager after Kearns' resignation in the wake of the qualifier defeat to Down on Sunday.

Power was manager of the Tipp minor team that shocked Dublin in the 2011 All-Ireland final, a Dublin team that contained Jack McCaffrey, Ciaran Kilkenny, Paul Mannion, John Small, Niall Scully, Davy Byrne and Cormac Costello.

He has since managed the Wexford seniors for two years (2015-16) and returned to take over the Tipperary U-20s last year.

Power was only 24 when he managed Tipp to the minor crown and is seen as the natural choice, with the Tipperary board most likely to seek someone from within the county to replace Kearns.

Current U-20 manager Tom McGlinchey will also come into consideration. McGlinchey managed Tipperary before and spent four years as Waterford manager, the highlight of which was a qualifier win over Wexford last year.

Kearns had a productive time in charge of Tipperary until this year, when they were relegated from Division 2 and lost to Limerick in a Munster quarter-final.

Reaching the All-Ireland semi-final in 2016, which they lost to Mayo after a quarter-final win over Galway, was the highlight and while they subsequently got themselves up to Division 2, they could never build on that with injuries and departures affecting them.

Meanwhile, Wexford are looking for a fifth manager since Jason Ryan stepped down in 2012 after Paul McLoughlin was the latest to leave in the wake of a heavy qualifier defeat to Derry.

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