Wallace in the frame for Déise job

Ousted Offaly boss Stephen Wallace has been linked with the vacant Waterford football job.

Wallace in the frame for Déise job

Ousted Offaly boss Stephen Wallace has been linked with the vacant Waterford football job.

Tom McGlinchey, after four years at the helm, pulled the plug on his time as Waterford manager last month.

Wallace, a native of Kerry, made his first foray into senior inter-county management when appointed Offaly boss last September, but lasted only nine months in the job before being sacked in mid-May.

The Faithful County suffered a shock Leinster championship defeat to Wicklow, with Wallace shown the door three days later.

Amid reports of several players quitting the squad, Wallace claimed he had the backing of the squad, but county board chairman Tommy Byrne insisted the players had no input in the decision to remove him.

Wallace, who preserved the county’s Division Three league status, could not take his place on the sideline for their Leinster championship opener at O’Moore Park as he was serving an eight-week suspension for an altercation in a Kerry club fixture.

Waterford’s qualifier victory away to Wexford was their first championship win since 2011.

They were subsequently hammered by Monaghan on a scoreline of 5-21 to 0-9.

The Déise have not won a Munster SFC game since 2010, while their underage teams have been subjected to a string of heavy beatings in recent years.

This summer, their minor footballers fell to Cork by 27 points, three less than the margin of defeat endured by their U20s against Kerry.

Waterford County Board’s executive is busy on two fronts, with a successor to senior hurling boss Derek McGrath still to be found.

Managerial vacancies remain in Down and Cavan, where Eamonn Burns and Mattie McGleenan recently stepped away from the respective posts.

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