Monday 11 November 2019

Lohan and Mulqueen go head-to-head for Clare job

Brian Lohan. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Brian Lohan. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Frank Roche

The search for a new Clare hurling boss is almost at an end after both Brian Lohan and Louis Mulqueen were nominated for the role last night.

The search for a new manager was postponed after former co-manager Donal Moloney withdrew his name from consideration a fortnight ago, citing frustration with delays in the process. It was expected that Lohan or Mulqueen would be appointed on October 9, but instead nominations were reopened and a new deadline set.

However, no new candidates have emerged and a selection committee is expected to interview both men this week before a name is put forward to the clubs for ratification.

Meanwhile, Offaly hurler Ben Conneely can't wait to come under the wing of new manager Michael Fennelly. The Kilkenny legend will be taking his first management steps with an Offaly side that has nosedived from the Liam MacCarthy Cup to the third-tier Christy Ring in the space of two bad summers.

But Conneely - a key driver behind St Rynagh's return to the Offaly club summit at Birr's expense last Sunday - has no fears about Fennelly's lack of sideline experience.

"It should be a very good opportunity for us next year," ventured the 22-year-old defender. "You could look at it maybe he doesn't have that managerial experience, but the experience he's bringing as a player . . . in one-on-ones, you can ask him any question and he'll have an answer.

"At the end of the day, a manager can be green but you can't take experience away from a man."

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