Clare are on the market for a new hurling manager after Davy Fitzgerald resigned last week. The former goalkeeper led the Banner to an All-Ireland title in 2013, but failed to build on that success, beating just Laois, Offaly and Limerick in the Championship since.
Following this year’s defeat to Galway in the All-Ireland quarter-final, there were serious questions asked of the Banner, and Davy Fitzgerald has stepped down after reportedly losing the backing of the panel.
Clare have a number of options available to them when selecting their next manager. Donal Maloney and Gerry O’Connor guided the u21 side to an historic three-in-a-row, so have obvious appeal.
There are also some obvious high profile candidates within the county, with the names of Anthony Daly and Brian Lohan being mentioned.
Meanwhile, outsiders such as Donal Óg Cusack and Anthony Cunningham are also in the picture.
Below are the betting odds on candidates, and it appears to be quite an open race.
The other interesting contender is Liam Sheedy at 9/2, although it is unclear whether he would be interested. Sheedy left Tipperary in 2010 after winning the All-Ireland, citing work commitments as the cause for his departure.
Of course, Ger Loughnane’s name is in the mix, but a return of the two-time All-Ireland winning manager is unlikely.
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