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Five Potential Replacements For Davy Fitzgerald As Clare Manager

Next Clare Manager?

It looks like Davy Fitzgerald will not take command of the Clare senior hurlers next year, with rumours emanating on Tuesday that the current panel may vote in favour of a change of manager for the 2017 campaign.

We take a look at some of the names most likely to succeed the 2013 All-Ireland-winning manager should he depart.

Anthony Daly

Daly has been out of senior inter-county management since 2014, when he left Dublin after a six-year stint in the capital. In that time, he brought the Dubs from a so-called ‘weaker county’ to real All-Ireland contenders, although they never managed to get over the line.

However, for all the great wins with the Dubs, including League and Leinster triumphs, there were some bad days too.

This is certainly a job that would appeal to Daly, who is currently involved with Limerick at underage. Don’t be surprised to see him come back for a second reign, having previously managed Clare between 2004 and 2006.

Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final 6/7/2014 Dublin vs Kilkenny Dublin manager Anthony Daly Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Brian Lohan

Lohan would be another popular candidate, and was a real leader throughout the golden years of Clare hurling in the 1990s.

The Wolfe Tones clubman has managed the University of Limerick side in recent years, leading them to the Fitzgibbon Cup in 2015.

Lohan would be a new voice, and is someone who could bring a fresh approach, as he has recently been involved in management at the top level.

Brian Lohan

Gerry O’Connor and Donal Moloney

The double ticket, or indeed either as a manager outright, must surely be considered. The duo led Clare to an historic three-in-a-row at U-21 level from 2012-2014, and have worked with the majority of the current senior team.

Considering that they know the players and have experienced huge success with them, O’Connor and Moloney are definitely in the running.

Gerry O'Connor and Donal Moloney

Donal Óg Cusack

Donal Óg Cusack is a man who wants to get into management. Donal Óg Cusack is also a man who will not be getting near the Cork set-up as long as Frank Murphy is involved.

The former goalkeeper went up to Clare as a selector, but now that Davy is gone, he would surely stick around if offered the top job.

Hurling Davy Fitzgerald Donal Og Clare

Anthony Cunningham

This is a left-field candidate. Cunningham was clearly not ready to step away from inter-county management, but it was a forced decision when the Galway panel ousted him last year.

The geographical logistics, Cunningham’s experience of reaching All-Ireland finals, and his hunger to set the record straight all point to this being a good appointment. However, an outsider may not prove to be a popular appointment should a big name within the county be gunning for the job.

However, Clare are looking for consistency, having struggled since the All-Ireland win in 2013. The manner in which Galway under Cunningham fell flat that year having ran Kilkenny close the previous season would be a worry.

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 6/9/2015.Kilkenny vs Galway.Galway manager Anthony Cunningham.Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.