Monday 11 November 2019

Lohan set for Banner job as Mulqueen steps out of race

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

Donnchadh Boyle

Brian Lohan is in line to take charge of the Clare hurlers after the only other candidate for the job, Louis Mulqueen, withdrew from the race late last night.

In a brief statement, Mulqueen, who is in charge of the Liam Mellows club in Galway, pulled out of the running to succeed the joint-management ticket of Gerry O'Connor and Donal Moloney.

"This week I am concentrating on the Galway club semi-final. It has been an honour to have been nominated for the position of Clare senior hurling manager and I am grateful for the overwhelming support and good wishes coming in from all sources.

"I now, after careful consideration, have decided that I am currently not in a position to allow my name to go forward. I wish the new manager and Clare hurling all the best."

Lohan, the former star full-back, is now the only candidate left in the race which means the end is in sight to what has been a difficult process.

Gerry O'Connor stepped down in early September with Moloney understood to be willing to take the role by himself.

However, he withdrew from the race earlier this month citing "uncertainty over the process".

In turn, Moloney's decision prompted the players to release a statement of their own criticising the process.

GAA Newsletter

Expert GAA analysis straight to your inbox.

Mulqueen and Lohan were in the running for the job at that stage but on the night a name was expected to be presented to the clubs for ratification, the process saw a further delay.

A motion from Scariff - the home club of O'Connor - which called for the process to be reopened was passed.

That extension to the process ended last Monday with the same pair still in the running. However, Mulqueen's withdrawal paves the way for Lohan to take charge.

Irish Independent

The Throw-In: 'Jim Gavin has achieved what Mick O'Dwyer and Brian Cody couldn't do'

In association with Bord Gáis Energy

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport