New county manager to be revealed to public next week
WICKLOW GAA supporters will learn the identity of the new county football manager after this weekend’s football championship quarter-finals, according to Wicklow County Chairman Martin Fitzgerald.
One name that won’t be announced is current Ballinteer St Johns manager and former St Patrick’s boss Gail Dunne after sources revealed that he withdrew his name from the race last week.
Dunne was due to be interviewed by the selection panel on Thursday evening last and was reportedly the last in-house candidate still involved.
Blessington’s John Murphy withdrew early and has committed himself to the Blessington FC Leinster Senior League side who now have six wins on the trot under his guidance.
Wicklow and Baltinglass star Kevin O’Brien is reported to have not entered the race while former Baltinglass manager Paul Garrigan was asked if he would be interested but was forced to decline due to requiring a double hip replacement in the very near future.
Wicklow GAA are believed to have approached former Meath star Trevor Giles but the Skyrne clubman is said to have turned down the offer of an interview.
Other names believed to be in the hat are former Dublin star Vinnie Murphy and former Kildare ladies manager Paul Kelly.
However, some sources close to Wicklow GAA believe that former Dublin star Val Andrews might be a leading contender for the job.
Andrews was the manager for the Dublin Minor football team for the 2010 championship and has previously managed Louth and Cavan and the Dublin Junior football team in 2007.
It is understood that there is one interview still to be conducted by the interview panel ahead of the announcement to be made early next week as to who will be taking over the position vacated earlier this year by John Evans.