Friday 27 April 2018

Lohan, Deegan and Mulqueen in frame for Banner roles

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Davy Fitzgerald is expected to name his back-room team at Tuesday night's Clare County Board meeting, with the man who zealously guarded the pathway to Fitzgerald's goal as a player linked to a selector's role.

Brian Lohan, the most formidable hurling full-back of his generation, is among the names being speculated upon as potential selectors to join Fitzgerald -- though it would be a surprise if the Shannon man did allow his name to go on the ticket.

Involved with Patrickswell in Limerick this year, Lohan has a young family and helps to coach underage teams at Wolfe Tones in Shannon. A stronger link to Fitzgerald appears to be Louis Mulqueen, who spent two years in Galway as Ger Loughnane's physical trainer, having previously been involved with Cyril Lyons in Clare when they reached the All-Ireland final in 2002.

Mulqueen was also involved with St Joseph's Doora Barefield when they won the All-Ireland club title.

Another potential recruit is Mike Deegan, the manager of Cratloe, who are involved in this weekend's Clare championship semi-finals.

Fitzgerald will be ratified at next week's meeting as he was the only nominated candidate last week.

He has denied this week that he sought a six-year term and also wanted control of the U-21 and intermediate Clare teams.

Irish Independent

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