Wednesday 22 November 2017

Fitzgerald gets three more years at Banner helm

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Davy Fitzgerald will manage Clare until the end of 2016 at least after being handed a further three years in charge of the new All-Ireland champions. More than three weeks on from their All-Ireland success, Fitzgerald was given the extension at last night's county board meeting.

He agreed to a three-year term at the end of 2011 and still had a year of that to run before last night's two-year extension. The move potentially offers Clare stability and the platform to build on this year's success.

Meanwhile, Colm Collins – father of Clare hurling star Podge – has been confirmed as manager of the Banner football team for the next three years.

Collins will succeed Mick O'Dwyer, who stepped down in the summer, and will be assisted by Ger Keane.

But the new set-up will not have the benefit of a McGrath Cup campaign to ease them into inter-county management as the Clare County Board last night backed a letter from the 2013 squad stating they were withdrawing from the pre-season tournament.

This letter came in response to the Munster Council's decision to seed Kerry and Cork for next year's Munster championship. The Banner men are now to seek entry to the FBD Connacht League – a move which is unlikely to be approved.

Meanwhile, Derek McGrath's ratification as the new Waterford manager is expected to take place tonight after the-six man selection committee recommended him to replace Michael Ryan.

The committee made their recommendation on Monday night after interviewing McGrath and Peter Queally in recent weeks. Queally managed Passage to their first county title only last week.

McGrath's back-room team contains Tipperary's All-Ireland winning minor manager in 2012, William Maher, and former Hurler of the Year Dan Shanahan. It is expected that the new boss will be given a three-year term.

McGrath can expect to have former captain Stephen Molumphy back in 2014 – he missed all of this season because of a tour of duty with the army.

Irish Independent

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