Fanning not running for Waterford hurling job

THE potential candidate list for the vacant Waterford hurling job has been cut again as outgoing selector Paraic Fanning won’t be putting his name forward for the position.

Local radio station WLR yesterday revealed the Mount Sion man who worked under Davy Fitzgerald for two seasons has pulled out of the race.

Fanning follows fellow selector Pat Bennett and current U21 manager Fergal Hartley who have also ruled themselves out of taking over from Fitzgerald.

The closing date for nominations from the clubs is tomorrow with the sub-committee charged with recommending the appointment having met last week.

According to WLR, the committee is empowered to make approaches to individuals but board secretary Timmy O’Keeffe pointed out they wouldn’t until all the nominations had been received.

Wexford football boss Jason Ryan and current Ballyhale Shamrocks coach James McGarry have been mentioned in recent days but no formal approaches have yet been made.

Earlier this month, Wexford chairman Ger Doyle expressed his hope that Ryan would remain on with the county after reaching this year’s Leinster final, narrowly losing to would-be All-Ireland champions Dublin.

Fresh from retiring from inter-county hurling, former Kilkenny goalkeeper McGarry teamed up with Michael Fennelly to lead Shamrocks to an All-Ireland title in 2010.

It is understood there is support for Ryan coming on board alongside a hurling coach and McGarry is seen as fitting that bill.

Fourmilewater’s Michael Ryan, who guided De La Salle to a Munster club title last year, is the only candidate to publicly state his interest and Justin McCarthy’s former selector will be nominated by his club.

The sub-committee hope to have a recommendation for the October county board meeting.


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