Wednesday 16 October 2019

Work ahead for county boards as hot seats remain empty

Micheál Donoghue. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Micheál Donoghue. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

A handful of the biggest jobs in the GAA remain vacant with both Galway senior teams on the hunt for a new manager as well as the likes of the Cork and Waterford hurlers.

With October coming into view and county championships getting ever closer to a conclusion, board officials are increasingly keen to get their new men into place.

Galway chiefs have more work to do than most. Davy Fitzgerald has been repeatedly linked with the hurling job after Micheál Donoghue stepped down, a move that would have an obvious knock-on effect for Wexford.

Mattie Kenny has already confirmed that he is staying with Dublin for a second season, while former Tribe All-Ireland-winning captain Conor Hayes insisted that continuity was best for the county and called for the job to be handed to one of Donoghue's selectors Noel Larkin or Franny Forde.

Tipped Former Mayo boss Stephen Rochford was tipped to take charge of the Galway footballers but he has since committed to the Donegal for another season. With the board extending the deadline until Friday, Galway have bought themselves a bit more time.

The Waterford hurlers are on the hunt for a third boss in as many seasons after Páraic Fanning stepped down after just one season in charge. It's understood that Peter Queally, who was a Waterford selector with Fitzgerald, is set to take charge.

Cork are also on the manager hunt after John Meyler stepped down. Kieran Kingston is the favourite to return to the hot seat and if confirmed he will follow in the footsteps of the likes of Canon Michael O'Brien, Johnny Clifford, Gerald McCarthy and Jimmy Barry-Murphy by taking charge of the hurlers for two separate stints.

Clare also have some housekeeping to do with regards to their senior hurling management after Gerry O'Connor stepped down from the joint ticket he held with Donal Moloney. It's believed Moloney is keen to stay on, with the Banner hoping to have their business concluded at next month's county board meeting.

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Meanwhile, former Antrim star Kevin Madden is to join Tyrone's backroom team as Mickey Harte looks to finalise his set-up for 2020.

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