The silence surrounding the appointment of coaches to prominent hurling teams is beginning to concern players.
In the wake of Dónal Óg Cusack’s appointment to the Clare camp, hurlers in Dublin and Tipperary have privately expressed concern about the apparent lack of progress made on preparations for the 2016 season.
While things remain up in the air in Galway, Ger Cunningham and Michael Ryan’s management teams for next year have yet to be confirmed. Cunningham is busy putting together almost an entirely new group of assistants with Shay Boland, Gearóid Ó Riain and Ed Coughlan stepping down. Last week, forward David O’Callaghan said he hoped Cunningham would include one or two Dublin natives in his new set-up.
Tipperary this week postponed a county board meeting at which Ryan’s team was expected to be identified, as well as a successor named to Peter Creedon as senior football manager. However, that meeting won’t now take place until next month.
Former Wexford and Kildare football manager Jason Ryan has been mentioned as a potential successor to Paudie O’Neill, who had taken the coaching brief during Eamon O’Shea’s three years in charge.
Ciaran Carey may have Mark Foley in mind to join him after he is named as the new Kerry manager. Carey’s predecessor, Eamonn Kelly, has brought his fellow Tipperary man and former inter-county hurler Conor Gleeson with him to Offaly.
2016 HURLING COACHES AS THINGS STAND Division 1A Cork:
Frank Flannery Dublin: Ger Cunningham plus one to be confirmed Galway: To be confirmed Kilkenny: Likely Brian Cody and Mick Dempsey Tipperary: To be confirmed Waterford: Fintan O’Connor Division 1B Clare: Dónal Óg Cusack/Aonghus O’Brien/Seoirse Bulfin Kerry: TBC Laois: Likely Ger Cunningham Limerick: Dinny Cahill Offaly: Conor Gleeson Wexford: Willie Cleary
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