Hanley and Dunne hold on to hurling jobs

Westmeath manager Brian Hanley has been reappointed to his position.

Brian Hanley and Liam Dunne have been reinstalled as managers of the Westmeath and Wexford senior hurlers respectively for the 2014 season.

Dunne had a straightforward reappointment as he gained 'unanimous support' from the Wexford clubs, the former All-Star and All-Ireland winner getting the green light for another two years at the helm.

However, 19 of the club 51 delegates at last night's Westmeath County Board meeting in Cusack Park abstained from the vote to ratify the senior hurling boss.

It was a two-horse race between the incumbent Hanley and former Offaly hurler Donal Franks. Hanley managed to win the vote by 24-8, although the number of people abstaining will come as a concern.

The Athenry native enjoyed a positive league campaign earlier this year as Westmeath won four of their five games in Division 2A, narrowly missing out on promotion to table toppers Laois.

But Hanley's third season in charge fell flat come the summer. The Lakesiders suffered an eight-point defeat at home to Antrim in their Leinster Championship opener. They won away to London in the All-Ireland qualifiers before Waterford ended their run with a 17-point hammering in Mullingar.

Meanwhile, Paul Bealin's appointment as Westmeath's news senior football supremo was confirmed at last night's meeting in Mullingar. The Dubliner was recommended for the position by a five-man sub committee and club delegates gave him their backing in a 35-5 vote.

Bealin takes over from outgoing manager Pat Flanagan who came on board as interim boss in April 2010. This year Flanagan helped them gain promotion back to Division 1 for the first time since 2008, but they were heavily beaten by Dublin in the Leinster Championship and lost at home to Fermanagh in the qualifiers.


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