It is understood that negotiations are continuing with Kerry native Evans regarding the newly-created, full-time position on offer. County board officials were expected to approve the move for Evans at a full board meeting last night but the former All-Ireland winning club boss stressed: “I’m aware of the proposals but I would rather focus on the task at hand. That’s a daunting task as we attempt to beat Limerick in the Munster senior championship next Sunday.”
It is envisaged a football development committee will be set up to work alongside Evans, should he accept the post. A one-year programme will be drawn up to cover from August 2009 until next year’s championship before a five-year development plan is formulated and implemented.
If the move goes according to plan, Evans will come on board for one year initially before accepting the long-term five-year contract.
Meanwhile Waterford boss John Kiely has succeeded in securing the services of dual stars Gary Hurney and Shane Walsh for Sunday’s Munster SFC tie against Cork.
Hurney and Walsh had combined commitments with the senior hurling and football squads during the national leagues, but with Waterford not making their Munster SHC bow until June 14th the pair have been declared available for Sunday. Waterford have injury worries over Jason Seward (knee) and Sean O’Hare (finger).
Cork have injury concerns over captain Graham Canty and forward Patrick Kelly for Sunday’s game.
Cork defender Chris Murphy has withdrawn from the county senior hurling squad ahead of their Munster championship opener against Tipperary on Sunday week, due to a combination of exam and injury commitments. Murphy broke his chin bone in Cork’s last league game against Waterford, after which he suffered from a bout of vertigo. Yet Murphy may come back into the frame later in the summer after he has finished his exams. Kevin Hartnett has also been ruled out of the Tipperary match after breaking a finger in last Saturday night’s challenge against Limerick.
Defender Kevin O’Neill remains Kildare’s only confirmed absentee for their Leinster SFC opener against Offaly in Portlaoise on Sunday. O’Neill dislocated his shoulder in a club match earlier this month, while attacker Ken Donnelly is a worry after undergoing a recent knee operation.
Leitrim boss Mickey Moran has drafted in six players new to championship football, including Paddy McGowan who starred for Dromahair recently in the Celebrity Bainisteoir TV series. The other newcomers are Brendan Gallagher, Damien O’Donnell, Colm Clarke, James Holohan and Ray Cox, while Moran must plan without Michael Duignan, Fintan McBrien, Colin Regan and Ciaran Duignan.
Cork All-Ireland U21 winning heroes Colm O’Driscoll and Chris O’Donovan have been named in the county’s junior side for their Munster JFC opener against Waterford on Sunday. O’Driscoll is named at wing-forward, O’Donovan lines out at midfield while fellow U21 player Sean McLoughlin is listed amongst the substitutes. Senior panellists Paddy O’Shea and Andrew O’Sullivan line out in goal and at midfield respectively, while Cork IT Sigerson Cup winner Anthony Fenton is named at centre-back.
LEITRIM (SF Panel): A O’Flynn, B McWeeney, B Prior, B Gallagher, C Clarke, D O’Donnell, D Beck, D Duignan, D O’Connor, D Gilhooley, D Maxwell, D Reynolds, E Lyons, G McCloskey, G Reynolds, James Glancy (Glencar/Manorhamilton), James Glancy (St Mary’s), J Holahan, J McKeon, M Foley, M McGuinness, N Doonan, N Gill, P McGowan, P Gilmartin, P McGuinness, R Cox, S Canning, S Foley, T Beirne.
CORK (JF v Waterford): P O’Shea (St Vincent’s); P Gayer (Castlemagner), E Wiseman (Castletownbere), M Prout (Shamrocks); R O’Sullivan (Kinsale), A Fenton (St Vincent’s), M Fehily (D O’Mathuna’s); A O’Sullivan (Castletownbere), C O’Donovan (Valley Rovers); D O’Donovan (Kilmacabea), N O’Riordan (Glenville), C O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaighs); M Sheehan (Glanworth), F Lynch (Valley Rovers), JP Murphy (St Vincent’s).
Subs: P White (Newcestown), S McLoughlin (Kanturk), J Healy (Ballydesmond), C O’Connell (Killavullen), D O’Connell (Glanmire), V Hurley (Courcey Rovers), M Murphy (Ballinora), P Cahill (Glenville), K O’Brien (Ballinacurra).