Burke unveiled as boss
Kildare native takes role of Wicklow manager
KILDARE native Davy Burke was unveiled as the new Wicklow Senior football manager at last night’s (Tuesday) County Board meeting in Ballinakill but delegates were left to wonder about the identity of his selectors.
Burke, who managed the Kildare under-20 footballers to All-Ireland success last year, is a native of the Confey club, and is currently managing Newbridge outfit Sarsfields who face Celbridge in the Kildare SFC semi-final Saturday week, but will take the reins of the Garden County with immediate effect and will be in attendance at both Senior semi-finals this Saturday and Sunday in the county grounds.
Burke rose to prominence last year with the Kildare under-20s as they beat Dublin, Kerry and Mayo in their final three games to claim the All-Ireland title. However, Burke stepped down from his role following that campaign when he suggested difficulties with the Kildare County Board.
The Confey man has described himself as ‘very progressive and innovative with regard to the way I’d go about managing a football team’, and he added that the Kildare County Board and himself did not see ‘eye to eye’ in that regard.
Burke takes over the Wicklow position from Kerry’s John Evans who departed earlier this year after a disappointing two-year term and it is hoped that the Kildare native will give the long-suffering Wicklow football supporters something to cheer about in 2020 with promotion from the league and a recognisable and intelligent style of football being two of the main desires of all football supporters in the county.
It is understood that Burke is bringing a backroom team with him but that there will be at least two selectors from Wicklow with reports suggesting that the identify of the two mentors will not be made public until later this week.
Anna Byrne, Tom Foley, Andy Foley, Danielle Byrne and Michelle Byrne pause to capture a selfie after Kiltegan defeated Bray Emmets in the Junior ‘A’ hurling final.
Davy Burke was named as Wicklow manager on Tuesday.