Déise consider turning to Kingdom boss Meyler

KERRY hurling boss John Meyler is being strongly tipped to take over Waterford.

Informed sources suggest the St Finbarr’s man has all the credentials to take over the position vacated by Davy Fitzgerald last month.

Speculation was rife earlier this week that former Déise selector Michael Ryan was set to be appointed. However, a source close to the appointments committee has told the Irish Examiner that Ryan is not a leading candidate for the position.

Meyler, a selector with Cork in the early Noughties, led Kerry to a first Christy Ring Cup title earlier this year and his two-year term with the Kingdom has elapsed.

During his time in charge of Wexford, Meyler led the county to two Leinster finals and an All-Ireland semi-final in 2007 after shocking Tipperary in the quarter-final. In 2008, they were narrowly beaten by Waterford at the quarter-final stage.

Yesterday Waterford chairman Tom Cunningham would not be drawn on prospective candidates.

Were Meyler to be appointed in Waterford, he would become the third St Finbarr’s man to enter inter-county management in 2012 after Jimmy Barry-Murphy with Cork and John Allen, who will be appointed Limerick boss next week.

Meanwhile, Monaghan midfielder Owen Lennon has criticised Dublin’s style of football, claiming Michael Darragh Macauley and Denis Bastick are “just athletes”.

Speaking in the Ulster GAA magazine Gaelic Life, Lennon said: “If Dublin are the example of the way the game is going, then there is no place for a traditional midfielder. Bastick and Macauley are just athletes, they use the short kick-out more often and there is no room for the 50/50 kick-out.”

Elsewhere, the cars of five Clara footballers were broken into while they trained ahead of this Sunday’s Offaly SFC final against Edenderry. Mobile phones and quantities of cash were stolen from the vehicles at their club pitch on the Kilbeggan Road last Friday night. The break-ins follow similar events in Mullingar in January when several items from the Dublin footballers’ dressing room were taken. After other incidents in Wicklow, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny and Donegal, the GAA warned members to be extra vigilant.

Meanwhile, former Limerick hurling selector TJ Ryan is not expected to join John Allen’s management team. Ryan was a selector last season with Donal O’Grady and was in contention to replace the Corkman but is not expected to continue in that role with Allen next season.


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