Wednesday 17 January 2018

Wexford backroom reshuffle as Dunne opts for change

Wexford manager Liam Dunne
Wexford manager Liam Dunne Newsdesk Newsdesk

Wexford hurling boss Liam Dunne has made a number of significant changes to his backroom team ahead of the 2016 season.

When the county's management committee meet this evening, they will be presented with a new look to the senior hurling backroom team, which includes two new faces as selectors.

After what was a disappointing 2015 campaign, Dunne sat down with county chairman Diarmuid Devereux to review the season.

As a result, a full and comprehensive review was presented by Dunne, who still had another year to serve out having been given a further two years at the end of 2013.

Devereux was adamant that changes to the backroom team were needed to freshen up the squad's approach for 2016 with the addition of a hurling coach.

Selector Murt Dempsey has already indicated that he's not continuing in his role owing to family and business commitments.

With Dunne heading into a fifth term at the helm, his sole remaining selector from this season will be Naomh Eanna's Ger Cushe.

Cushe was full-back on the 1996 All-Ireland winning side along with Dunne and brings significant experience to the set-up.

Joining Dunne and Cushe as selectors will be Tom Foley (Rathnure) and Aidan O'Connor (Buffers Alley).

Both are from hurling strongholds but this will be their first venture into the senior inter-county ranks.

On the management side, perhaps the most significant appointment is Willie Cleary as hurling coach.

Cleary has experience of managing Wexford at minor level, and has been involved at club level as a coach. Currently he is managing and coaching Kilkenny club Carrickshock.

Dunne's backroom team will once again include physical trainer Gerry Fitzpatrick, while Paudie Butler will also be available to continue with his coaching role with the squad.

Damien Fitzhenry is the goalkeeping coach - he was a selector through the 2015 campaign - and the manager is expected to add a forwards coach this week.

Elsewhere, Wexford's All-Ireland winning captain from 1996, Martin Storey, could be in the running for the Wicklow senior hurling managerial position.

Storey is one of the names being mentioned as officers set about the task of replacing Casey O'Brien, who did not allow his name go forward for another term.

Irish Independent

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