Queally in hunt for Déise job as Fanning pulls out

Peter Queally is in the running to become the next Waterford manager — but former selector Paraic Fanning won’t be putting his name forward.

Mount Sion man Fanning was in line to be proposed for the position before midnight’s deadline for nominations last night. However, Fanning, a selector with Davy Fitzgerald in 2010 and ’11, won’t be seeking an interview while there were indications outgoing manager Michael Ryan may also be withdrawing.

Former Waterford defender Queally and De La Salle’s Derek McGrath are believed to be among the nominations along with Kilkenny great DJ Carey. Like Fanning, Queally also worked under the current Clare manager, serving as selector in 2008 and 2009. The Gowran man on local Kilkenny radio yesterday distanced himself from The Irish Examiner report he is interested in the possibility of taking over from Ryan.

However, he was last night nominated by a club for the position. The management selection committee will meet in Dungarvan this evening to discuss the process.

Meanwhile, St Mary’s, Clonmel will seek a hearing after they and Ballingarry were both fined €1,000 and dumped out of the South Tipperary U16A hurling championship after a mass brawl in their semi-final this month.

Ballingarry are understood to have accepted the proposed punishment but St Mary’s are contesting the decision by the South Tipperary Bord na nÓg’s Competitions Controls Committee.

The game in Kilsheelan was abandoned after violence broke out between players, mentors and spectators.

Were St Mary’s to fail in their case against the proposed suspension, Carrick Swans would be crowned champions.


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