Five contenders to replace Davy Fitzgerald in Clare

John Fogarty assesses the major candidates to take over from Davy Fitz...

Anthony Daly

The Irish Examiner columnist currently heads up Limerick’s hurling academy but may be attracted by the prospect of taking up the reins again.

It has often been said the Clarecastle man was due another shot at the position, considering he first accepted it at a time of transition for the county.

Since then, he has proven his worth with Dublin, guiding them to Division 1 and Leinster titles. Like Fitzgerald, Daly didn’t have the best of times in the Munster championship but Clare were almost always competitive under his tutelage.

In our book, the firm favourite to succeed Fitzgerald.

Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor

The partnership that guided the Banner County to three consecutive All-Ireland U21 titles will be known to most if not all of the senior set-up having shared those successes with several of them.

Work commitments may be an obstacle but they will be shortlisted either as a pair or individually.

Brian Lohan

The Wolfe Tones man has been making a name for himself with UL in Fitzgibbon Cup fare, winning last year’s competition and guiding to the 2016 final, and previously expressed his interest in the position. Lohan will feel the time is right for him to make the step up to inter-county.

Anthony Cunningham

Cunningham has been keeping himself occupied with Laois footballers and a coaching business with Michael Fennelly since he stepped down in the wake of a player heave in Galway last year. He has said on a number of occasions how keen he is to return to inter-county management.

John O’Meara

If the Clare executive are considering all angles, they may look at what O’Meara has achieved with Sixmilebridge this last while, guiding them to two county senior titles in the space of three years.

In his late 30s, he is young and hungry and a former All-Ireland SHC winner too.

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