Clare management wait on Kinnerk coaching decision

Clare GAA chiefs don’t yet know if the highly regarded Paul Kinnerk will return to his coaching role with the county’s senior hurlers.

The former Limerick footballer as well as fitness and conditioning coach Joe O’Connor have been linked with TJ Ryan’s side as coach Paul Beary and physical trainer Mark Lyons are set to leave the management team.

The respected, Limerick-born pair of Kinnerk and O’Connor left the Clare set-up last year but it was speculated that they would come back at a later stage.

They have also played prominent roles in the U21s’ successes in recent years.

Monaleen man Kinnerk, who was made co-head of Limerick’s under-age football academy in the interim, has recently returned from a summer of travelling although Davy Fitzgerald said he hopes for him to link up again with the Banner set-up in 2016.

“My ambition and hope is that he will be back with Clare next year,” Fitzgerald said in June.

“That was always the plan but we’ll have to sit down when he comes back and see what the story is.”

O’Connor works on Fitzgerald’s Ireland’s Fitness Family programme and is a health and leisure studies lecturer in Tralee IT as well as running his own fitness company, Nisus. He has previously assisted the Kerry senior footballers and Waterford senior hurlers.

The next Limerick County Board meeting in scheduled for Tuesday, September 8.

The review committee of chairman Oliver Mann, secretary Mike O’Riordan and treasurer Donal Morrissey will reveal the conclusions of their analysis of the county’s senior season and probably unveil Ryan’s new management team.


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