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Derek McGrath not in Wexford race to succeed Davy Fitz as Jason Ryan looks set for surprise hurling switch

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Derek McGrath is no longer in line to take over from Davy Fitzgerald as Wexford hurling manager. Photo: Sportsfile

Derek McGrath is no longer in line to take over from Davy Fitzgerald as Wexford hurling manager. Photo: Sportsfile

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Derek McGrath is no longer in line to take over from Davy Fitzgerald as Wexford hurling manager. Photo: Sportsfile

THE race to replace Davy Fitzgerald as Wexford hurling boss is in full swing with Jason Ryan (inset) the surprise front-runner as the former Model football manager looks set to possibly make a sensational switch to the small ball.

Former Waterford boss Derek McGrath, who is currently involved as coach with Wexford side Faythe Harriers, was hotly tipped to take over in the sunny south-east but it is believed that he is no longer in the frame to succeed Fitzgerald.

Former Laois boss Eddie Brennan, who is currently coaching Dublin hurling kingpins Cuala, had also been mentioned in some quarters as a live candidate, but that looks wide of the mark, with Ryan understood to be in pole position.

Ryan would join a rare band of managers who have taken charge of the same county in both codes were it to come to fruition, following a hugely successful five-season spell with the Wexford footballers, which concluded at the end of 2012.

The Waterford native led Wexford to an All-Ireland SFC semi-final in 2008 before a two-year spell with Kildare (2014-’15), while he was also involved in the background with Cork’s footballers in 2019.

While it may seem like a left-field selection for the high-profile post, Ryan has plenty of hurling credentials having played a leading role on the sideline as Glynn Barntown dethroned Wexford SHC champions St Martin’s last year.

Ryan is with Glynn Barntown once again this season and he is understood to be the favourite to take the reins from Fitzgerald as Wexford look to return to the form that saw them crowned Leinster champions in 2019.

Model chiefs are keen to have the hot seat filled by early September, with Tipperary native Willie Maher, who led Cuala to back-to-back Dublin SHC wins, also said to be in the mix, along with Premier native Darragh Egan.

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