Monday 23 September 2019

Power to take Premier reins

David Power looks set to be announced as the next Tipperary senior football manager, replacing Liam Kearns who stepped down after their qualifier loss to Down earlier in the summer. Stock photo: Sportsfile
David Power looks set to be announced as the next Tipperary senior football manager, replacing Liam Kearns who stepped down after their qualifier loss to Down earlier in the summer. Stock photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

David Power looks set to be announced as the next Tipperary senior football manager, replacing Liam Kearns who stepped down after their qualifier loss to Down earlier in the summer.

Power led Tipperary to All-Ireland minor success in 2011, beating a Dublin team that now forms the core of their five-in-a-row chasing senior team with Ciarán Kilkenny, Jack McCaffrey and Paul Mannion all to the fore.

Power was still in his 20s when he oversaw that success which featured future All-Ireland hurling winners Seamus Kennedy and John McGrath, current AFL player Colin O'Riordan and Tipp's 2016 football All Star Michael Quinlivan.

He has since gone on to manage Wexford for two years, 2015 and 2016.

Former Waterford and Sligo manager Niall Carew had been a contender, and had a former Tipperary manager Peter Creedon and Dublin's 2011 and 2013 All-Ireland winning centre-back Ger Brennan on board.

But Carew and his team are now understood to be out of the running, paving the way for Power's take over.

Kearns made progress with Tipperary in his first year, guiding them to an All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Mayo.

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