Wex­ford man to be named new Wick­low boss

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - BREN­DAN FUR­LONG Sports re­porter

WEX­FORD’S Ea­monn Scallan is set to be named as Wick­low Se­nior hurl­ing man­ager.

Scallan, who had man­aged Wex­ford at Mi­nor and Un­der-21 level, put his name for­ward for the Gar­den county job and it ap­pears he has held off the chal­lenge of a num­ber of well-es­tab­lished ri­vals.

Scallan’s ex­pected ap­point­ment has come in un­usual cir­cum­stances since Wa­ter­ford man James Quirke, who formerly man­aged St. Patrick’s, seemed to be the front run­ner for the post.

How­ever, there was a late dra­matic swing that led to the for­mer Wex­ford All-Ire­land medal­ist be­ing rec­om­mended for the job.

It ap­pears there was a late surge to­wards Scallan af­ter the play­ers were asked for their view. The rat­i­fi­ca­tion was due to hap­pen last Tues­day night at a fix­tures fo­rum, but an ex­tra meet­ing was called for on Wed­nes­day night by the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee in the Glen­view Ho­tel and that’s where the plans ap­peared to change.

The se­lec­tion com­mit­tee com­prised John Mitchell, Don Hy­land, M.A. O’Neill, Seán Hayes (Hurl­ing Of­fi­cer), Alan Smullen (com­mit­tee Chair­man), and Ea­monn Kearns (player rep­re­sen­ta­tive).

They have now, it is be­lieved, rec­om­mended that Scallan be named as the new man­ager. fol­low­ing rat­i­fi­ca­tion by club del­e­gates.

Scallan will re­place fel­low county man, Sea­mus Mur­phy, who did not seek a fur­ther term ow­ing to ill-health.

It is un­der­stood the cur­rent Ferns St. Aidan’s club­man had to hold off the chal­lenge of Michael Neary who was in the mix as well.

Wick­low had cast their net wide seek­ing a re­place­ment in a very thor­ough process, with ap­proaches be­ing made to for­mer Wex­ford man­ager Liam Dunne, Bosco O’Neill, and Garry Laf­fan, from the Glynn-Barn­town club in Wex­ford, who has guided Gle­nealy to two suc­ces­sive Se­nior hurl­ing ti­tles.

De­spite the big names men­tioned, it was Scallan, an All-Ire­land medal win­ner with Wex­ford in 1996, who ap­pears to be the favoured choice.

That team was cap­tained of course by Martin Storey, who has also had a spell in charge of Wick­low hurlers.

Scallan, a na­tive of Castle­town, played his club hurl­ing with Liam Mel­lows (Cool­gre­any) and Ferns St. Aidan’s, while he also played foot­ball for Castle­town and Ferns St. Aidan’s.

He played in­ter-county hurl­ing with his na­tive county, with his suc­cesses apart from All-Ire­land hon­ours also in­clud­ing two Le­in­ster Se­nior hurl­ing ti­tles.

He has wide ex­pe­ri­ence as a man­ager both at in­ter-county and club level, hav­ing man­aged Wex­ford in the Mi­nor and Un­der-21 grades, while he was also part of Colm Bon­nar’s Wex­ford Se­nior hurl­ing back­room team in 2009.

He has man­aged a num­ber of clubs in Wex­ford, while he has also guided Mount Le­in­ster Rangers (Car­low) and more re­cently Eire Og (Grey­stones).

Once Scallan had ex­pressed his avail­abil­ity he was al­ways go­ing to fig­ure in the shake-up. This will be his first ap­point­ment as man­ager at Se­nior in­ter-county level, with the forth­com­ing Na­tional League now be­ing his main pri­or­ity.

Ea­monn Scallan, who is set to be named the new Wick­low hurl­ing man­ager.

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