Burke un­veiled as boss

Kil­dare na­tive takes role of Wick­low man­ager

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

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.

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