Tuesday 17 September 2019

Davy Fitzgerald set to stay on as Wexford boss as John Kiely reappointed in Limerick

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Davy Fitzgerald looks set to remain on for a fourth year as Wexford hurling manager.

And the joint-managers who replaced him in his own native county Clare, Donal Moloney and Gerry O'Connor, are also poised to stay on into 2020.

Fitzgerald has been weighing up his future since their All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Tipperary at the end of July. He has again come under pressure from Wexford players who are keen that they continue on their current pathway.

Fitzgerald was ready to vacate after last year and the thinking was that after Wexford's first provincial success in 15 years, he might have felt he could achieve no more with them. But his imminent decision to stay is a big statement.

In Clare, O'Connor and Moloney looked set to depart after a disappointing Munster Championship campaign that ended well, with a win at home to Cork.

There had been speculation that O'Connor was keen to go because of work commitments but they now look set to extend into a fourth year, with possible changes to their backroom team.

John Kiely was reappointed as Limerick hurling manager for another term at a county board meeting last night.

Kiely - who has masterminded All-Ireland, league and Munster titles for his county in the last 13 months - is set to introduce a new strength and conditioning coach after Joe O'Connor's decision to step away, with the former county senior football S&C coach Mikey Kiely tipped for the role.

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It also looks like the Treaty's 2013 Munster SHC winning captain, Donal O'Grady, will come in as a new coach-selector - replacing Brian Geary, who departs due to work pressures.

Limerick lost out to Kilkenny in an epic All-Ireland semi-final at the end of July, but up to that point had been the most formidable side in the game, crushing future All-Ireland champions Tipperary by 12 points in the Munster final.

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