Two hurling managerial hot-seats have been filled this Monday evening, as Laois and Offaly have confirmed Eamonn Kelly and Kevin Ryan respectively.
The O’Moore County were left without a manager after the departure of Seamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett. While they made huge progress under his tenure, 2016 was definitely a backwards step.
However, there is an excitement that there is something to build upon in Laois.
Laois GAA delighted to announce Tipperary native Eamonn Kelly as new Laois Senior Hurling Manager following tonight’s County Board meeting. pic.twitter.com/HdGrkUA1aW
— Laois GAA (@CLGLaois) November 7, 2016
Meanwhile, Offaly have announced the appointment of Waterford native Kevin Ryan as their manager, subject to ratification next week.
The Faithful County recorded three consecutive Championship wins in 2016, so will feel that they made strides. However, there is no denying that Ryan has a big job on his hands.
He has a wealth of experience at the top level, guiding Mount Sion and Oulart the-Ballagh to county titles, while he has also managed Carlow and Antrim, and coached Waterford.
Make sure to tune into this week’s episode of The 16th Man podcast, where Brian Barry and Seán Cremin of Pundit Arena talk all things GAA, and are joined by Cathal McCarron to discuss the release of his autobiography, Out Of Control.