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Monday 20 November 2017

Rossiter backs 'idol' Dunne to take the reins at Wexford

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Liam Dunne may have distanced himself from the Wexford hurling job in the immediate aftermath of Oulart The Ballagh's third successive Wexford title under his management, but one of the central players in the current Wexford team is convinced Dunne is the right man for the job in the years ahead.

Keith Rossiter, Oulart The Ballagh's full-back in their win over Rathnure on Sunday, says Dunne has all the credentials needed to take Wexford forward.

Dunne himself has described as "rubbish" speculation linking him with the Waterford job and has sought to remove himself from talk in Wexford that he would replace Colm Bonnar.

Rossiter believes Dunne will carry the respect of Wexford players if he was approached and did change his mind.

A committee, under the chairmanship of All-Ireland-winning manager Liam Griffin, is currently exploring their options but with a local candidate likely to be a preferred choice.

"I have hurled with Liam for I don't know how many years. I have looked up to Liam and he has been a bit of an idol to me," admitted Rossiter.

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"It would be great if he could come in. The respect he has amongst our players must carry throughout Wexford as well. If you respect a manager you will do anything for him.

"He has the credentials but the only thing that is going against him is that Oulart are into Leinster.

"The Wexford job will probably be given away in the next few weeks, so that is the only thing going against him. I don't think he can do the two and Liam has said that to us as well.

"He is so single-minded with Oulart and that is the way he is going at the minute and we are happy with that."

Dunne's opposite number on Sunday, Rathnure manager Willie Cleary, is carving out a good reputation. He was involved with the Wexford minors this year and could feature in a new set-up despite being only 26 years old.

Wexford have appointed 'outside' managers for the last two terms, with Bonnar replacing John Meyler who, in hindsight, was rather harshly jettisoned after just two years in charge. Meyler is now being mentioned as a possible appointment in Waterford.

Irish Independent

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