New county man­ager to be re­vealed to public next week

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

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.

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