Tuesday 20 August 2019

Quaid axed as Westmeath boss

Westmeath GAA will tonight confirm the departure of their senior hurling manager Joe Quaid after just one year in charge. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Westmeath GAA will tonight confirm the departure of their senior hurling manager Joe Quaid after just one year in charge. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Westmeath GAA will tonight confirm the departure of their senior hurling manager Joe Quaid after just one year in charge.

Quaid, who had previously managed Kildare, guided Westmeath to a Joe McDonagh Cup final against Laois where they were well beaten earlier this month. Seven days later, they lost to Cork by 23 points in an All-Ireland preliminary quarter-final, shipping a record 1-40 in the process.

Westmeath GAA officials are due to meet tonight to confirm the departure of Limerick's 1994 and '96 All-Ireland final goalkeeper. It is not yet clear what level of support the executive's decision has among players but it is understood they were fully aware it was happening.

Quaid took over from former Waterford boss Michael Ryan last year and his abrupt departure will register as a surprise. He guided them to a Kehoe Cup and a Division 2A success over Kerry this year, ensuring a return to Division 1 after a gap of 32 years.

Only two weeks ago Quaid talked of strides made after the Cork loss, with no hint then of a parting of the ways.

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