Carew set to take over Déise footballers

Niall Carew is set to take over as manager of the Waterford senior footballers, with his appointment expected in the coming days.

Niall Carew is set to take over as manager of the Waterford senior footballers, with his appointment expected in the coming days.

It is the last senior inter-county football managerial position to be filled ahead of the 2013 season.

It has been reported that Carew, the former Kildare selector, and Jimmy Healy from Dungarvan both attended interviews for the role last Thursday night.

Waterford GAA chiefs then met with Carew again yesterday to finalise his appointment as the Déise's new manager and coach.

His proposed backroom team is believed to include Tony Kelly, who previously had success managing the Kildare junior side.

Carew will replace John Owens who stepped down in July after three years' service. Waterford native and ex-Wexford boss John Ryan was approached about taking over but turned down the offer.

Carew put in five seasons as part of the Kieran McGeeney-led Kildare management team, and only relinquished his roles with the Lilywhites seniors and U-21s last month.

His move into senior inter-county management sees him following in the footsteps of Aidan O'Rourke and Paul Grimley.

O'Rourke and Grimley now manage Louth and Armagh respectively after working under McGeeney in Kildare in recent seasons.

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