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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Laois gloom as search for new manager hits the rocks

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

THE search for the next Laois hurling manager looks set to drag on close to the new year after a county board meeting

failed to produce a name to offer to delegates for ratification.

Laois officials were hoping to have Teddy McCarthy's successor in place this week, but the men charged with finding the new boss – former county hurlers Seamus Plunkett and Paul Cuddy – need more time to fill one of the few vacant jobs in inter-county management.

The next full board meeting is not due to be held until December 17.

Laois PRO Pascal McEvoy confirmed: "We are still searching for the new manager.

"We met Seamus and Paul last Friday night and they are still looking for the right candidate, so it'll take more time.

"They have been, and will be, speaking to people and they'll continue to do that. We are hoping to secure someone by our next county board meeting."

Morale in the county's hurling circles is low. Despite originally been given a three-year term, McCarthy stepped down after just one season after heavy defeats in the championship saw them lose to Dublin by 22 points in Leinster, before Limerick handed out a 25- point thumping in the qualifiers.

His predecessor, Brendan Fennelly, also lasted just one season before he resigned after they shipped 10 goals against Cork in the back door series.

Galway Hurling Board to discuss county final scenes

THE Galway Hurling Board will meet tonight to consider the referee's report of last Sunday's county final, which was marred by unruly scenes.

A number of players, including Loughrea full-forward Johnny Maher, could face disciplinary hearings as a result of the incidents at Pearse Stadium, where St Thomas beat Loughrea by 3-11 to 2-11 to win the title for the first time.

A segment of the match, which appeared on YouTube, had attracted more than 50,000 viewers up to last night.

Irish Independent

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