Sport Hurling

Thursday 18 January 2018

Former Cats ace O'Connor enters race to replace 'Fitz'

Eddie O'Connor
Eddie O'Connor
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

FORMER All-Ireland winning Kilkenny hurler Eddie O'Connor is among those now challenging Davy Fitzgerald for the Waterford senior hurling manager's job.

The Decies' outgoing boss is seeking another term, but O'Connor is one of three other nominees now also fighting for the position.

They include the county's former women's football supremo Michael Ryan and ex-Carlow and Mount Sion manager Jim Greene.

Glenmore star O'Connor, who skippered Kilkenny to their 1993 All-Ireland title, is familiar with the Waterford scene having coached local clubs De La Salle and Ballyduff Lower in recent seasons.

Ryan originally came to prominence as manager of the county's All-Ireland winning women's footballers, but was a senior hurling selector during Justin McCarthy's reign and is currently managing De La Salle's senior hurlers.

He has three daughters lining out for the Decies in this weekend's TG4 All-Ireland intermediate ladies football final against Donegal.

Greene has previously sought the job and successfully managed the Carlow senior hurlers to a Christy Ring title and promotion to Division 2 of the NHL in 2008.

A special committee will begin interviewing all four candidates within a week. "Our expectation is that we will be in a position to make a recommendation to the County Board meeting on October 11," county secretary Timmy O'Keeffe confirmed.

Irish Independent

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