Tuesday 23 January 2018

O'Grady set to extend reign

Limerick are increasingly confident that Donal O'Grady will stay on as manager of their senior hurlers for another year, WRITES COLM KEYS.

O'Grady has been adamant all season that he would spend just one year in charge of Limerick, who appointed him after a disastrous 2010 season.

But after losing to Dublin in an All-Ireland quarter-final, O'Grady's position appeared to soften and he is now expected to commit for at least one more year.

The former Cork manager has promised to give a review of his term in charge next month, when his name is expected to be ratified for another year.

O'Grady tends not to remain in management positions for too long and spent just two years with Cork, a spell that concluded with the 2004 All-Ireland triumph.

Meanwhile, his successor in Cork, John Allen, has predicted that Jimmy Barry-Murphy will recall Sean Og O hAilpin for the 2012 season.

O hAilpin was axed from the Cork squad by Denis Walsh last October but stressed that he would not be retiring from inter-county hurling. That has left the door open for a possible return, which Allen believes will happen under Barry-Murphy.

Speaking on Radio na Gaeltachta yesterday, Allen predicted that Aisake O hAilpin, Sean Og's youngest brother, could also return to the fold.

He left for Australia late last year after Sean Og's removal from the Cork squad.

Irish Independent

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