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JJ Doyle clear favourite to succeed Davy Fitzgerald in Wexford hurling hotseat

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JJ Doyle, who was a Wexford selector under Davy Fitzgerald, is hotly tipped to be the county's next hurling manager. Photo: Michael P Ryan/Sportsfile

JJ Doyle, who was a Wexford selector under Davy Fitzgerald, is hotly tipped to be the county's next hurling manager. Photo: Michael P Ryan/Sportsfile

JJ Doyle, who was a Wexford selector under Davy Fitzgerald, is hotly tipped to be the county's next hurling manager. Photo: Michael P Ryan/Sportsfile

JJ Doyle has emerged as the clear favourite to be the new Wexford hurling manager.

Doyle has been assistant to former manager Davy Fitzgerald for the last five years, sharing in the glory of their 2019 Leinster success.

But before that he had carved out a strong managerial career of his own, guiding the county to three Leinster U-21 titles between 2013 and 2015 when many of the current squad were involved.

They lost the 2013 and 2015 All-Ireland finals to Clare and Wexford and suffered a shock reversal in the 2014 semi-final to Antrim. Prior to that he was a hugely successful manager of the county’s camogie team, with a trio of All-Ireland senior wins from 2010 to 2012.

In 2011, he doubled up as the county’s intermediate manager as they completed an All-Ireland senior and intermediate double.

In the wake of Fitzgerald’s departure from the position in July, Doyle appeared to rule himself out when he tweeted that he too would be taking a step back from Wexford senior teams after 12 years of involvement. But that position may be about to change.

He is currently a games development administrator in the county.

In recent weeks Jason Ryan has been viewed as a front-runner, having guided the footballers to a Leinster final a decade ago and proved his credentials as a hurling manager at club level in the county when managing Glynn-Barntown to last year’s senior semi-final.

The former Waterford manager Derek McGrath, former Tipperary All-Ireland-winning minor manager William Maher and Darragh Egan, coach to Liam Sheedy for the last three years, are among others thought to have come under consideration to replace Fitzgerald.

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