Saturday 18 November 2017

Fitzgerald ratified as Model boss with Doyle joining backroom team

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Davy Fitzgerald has been ratified as the new Wexford hurling manager and will have JJ Doyle as one of his selectors.

Fitzgerald was confirmed for a three-year term, but this will be reviewed after two.

A third selector will be added to the backroom team in time but the name has been held back because of his involvement with a local club team.

Doyle has managed the Wexford U-21 team for the last four years, guiding them to three successive provincial titles between 2013 and 2015.

He was also in charge of Wexford's three-in-a-row All-Ireland senior camogie winners from 2010-12.

Doyle will take charge of the intermediate team, which will work as a development squad.

It remains to be seen who else is added to the coaching ticket, with speculation that Aengus O'Brien, who Fitzgerald brought in with him to Clare for 2016, could be on board.

Paraic Fanning, who worked with Fitzgerald when he was in Waterford, is another name being linked with the backroom team.

A special county board meeting was convened in Enniscorthy last night, where chairman Diarmuid Devereux outlined the process.

Wexford are close to appointing a football manager, with Stephen Wallace, the Kerry junior manager, thought to be well placed to succeed David Power.

Cavan are close to making a football appointment too as they conclude a series of interviews.

Mattie McGleenan, fresh from back-to-back Monaghan senior titles with Scotstown, is a leading contender with former Monaghan, though Meath manager Seamus McEnaney has made a strong bid for the position.

A decision may be revealed ahead of tomorrow's county final. Former Dublin footballer Jack Sheedy and former Galway All-Ireland U-21 winning manager Alan Flynn are also on the shortlist.

Irish Independent

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