So, there’s already been a few appointments ahead of next season.
Tommy Carr was ratified as Cavan manager by their county board last night. He’s been out of inter-county management since leaving Roscommon in 2005 so it’ll be interesting to see how he gets on. Was it the ‘Nude Pool’ scandal that saw him jack in the Roscommon job or something else? I can’t remember.
Laois have appointed Sen Dempsey as their football manager. He seemingly comes with a good reputation having been manager for minor and U-21 All-Ireland wins. Maybe MBB can tell us more about him? I know Wexford approached him last year before they struck gold with the great Jason Ryan ™ but he seemed to be holding out for the Laois job. I think another ex-Wexford manager Pat Roe had his eye on this one but he was never going to get it after his awful spell in charge of Offaly. He probably thought he was a real candidate when O’Dwyer left what with being a Laois native and ex-player and having improved Wexford a great deal but they overlooked him for Liam Kearns at that time and his reputation has waned due to his spell with Offaly.
Niall Rigney has been confirmed as permanent Laois hurling manager after taking over in a caretaker capacity earlier this season. I just read on RTE that his selctors will be Joe Dollard and PJ Peacock. All 3 of them were on those Laois senior hurling teams in the early 1990s when there’d be bloodbath provinical semi-finals down in Dr Cullen Park or somewhere. Good memories!
Tom Ryan has withdrawn his name from the shortlist for the Limerick hurling job and also dropped his injunction! Richie Bennis is still in there fighting and, quite interestingly, it looks like Justin McCarthy is allowing his name to go forward for the job. Anyone know any more about this?
What else? I’m not sure what’s been happeing in Donegal since the McIver controversy came to light. Meath still have to appoint a successor to Colm Coyle. John O’Mahony is staying for another year with Mayo. What’s the story with Gerald McCarthy in Cork? He’s had 2 years and they haven’t reached an All-Ireland final. Is he going to stick around? Any other stuff going on around the country?